Insurance companies call some of the most stunning pieces of architecture home. From striking futuristic and eco-friendly designs to classic and iconic structures, these headquarters are beautiful works of art.
In this slideshow, the editors of PropertyCasualty360, LifeHealthPro’s sister site, present their selection for the top 10 best life and health insurance headquarters, listed in no particular order.
Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Building, Hartford
Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance’s “Boat Building” is the world’s first two-sided building. The tower has only two curved sides, giving it an unusual cylinder-type shape. Erected in 1963, the 13-story modernist building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mutual of Omaha Building, Omaha, Neb.
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The Mutual of Omaha Building was built in 1970 and is the sixth tallest building in Omaha, Neb. Adjacent to the building is the Mutual of Omaha Dome, an underground facility topped by a large glass dome.
The building is famous for featuring a large photograph of an Olympic swimmer in June 2008 on its north face. The following year, the building was adorned with a large photo of a tiger to celebrate the company’s centennial.
MetLife Building, New York City
The MetLife Building is a recognizable element in the Manhattan skyline. Originally called the Pan Am Building, it is one of the 50 tallest buildings in the U.S.
The building was opened in 1963, and in 1981 it was purchased by MetLife. Over the years, Pan Am’s presence in the building dwindled, until the company ceased operations. In 1992, MetLife removed Pan Am signage from the building.
John Hancock Tower, Boston
The John Hancock Tower, located in Boston, Mass., is the tallest building in New England—a distinction it has held for more than 30 years. Completed in 1976, the firm that designed the building was presented with a National Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects the following year. In 2011, the AIA conferred on it the AIA 25 Year Award.
John Hancock Center, Chicago
When the John Hancock Center in Chicago, Ill. was completed in 1968, it was the tallest building in the world outside of New York City. Today it is the sixth tallest building in the U.S.
The John Hancock Observatory competes with P&C best insurance headquarters Willis Tower, located across town in the financial district. The building’s observatory has full 360-degree views of the city—up to four states and over 80 miles. The Observatory has Chicago’s only open-air SkyWalk.