When were the words “Pan Am” removed from the Pan Am Building in New York City?

In 1992, the words “Pan Am” were replaced by “MetLife” on the crown of the Pan Am Building at 200 Park Avenue, New York City.

The change marked the final end of Pan American World Airways, which ceased operations in December 1991 but had housed offices in the building.

It was also more accurate, since Metropolitan Life Insurance Company had been the building’s owner since 1981.

The white neon MetLife sign was officially lit on January 13, 1993, thirty years after the Pan Am building was erected in 1963.