The building was an eclectic mix of neo-classical and flemish archictectural styles.
Originally three bays wide to the north and two bays wide to the south, an addition to the south around 1931 balanced the building's profile.
The New York Life Eagle, a bronze sculpture designed by Louis and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, adorned the top of this building for 77 years. The 10 foot tall, 12 foot wingspan Eagle was moved in 2007 to Summit Lookout Park (corner of Summit Avenue & Ramsey Street) overlooking Downtown St. Paul and the Mississippi River.
The same architects also designed a New York Life Insurance Building in neighboring Minneapolis. Built at approximately the same time, this building stood nine years longer than its companion in Minneapolis.
Fire Insurance maps indicate this building was 130 feet to the main roof.
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