|Defunct||June 14, 2001|
|Headquarters||Newark, New Jersey|
|Frederick Frelinghuysen (1848-1924)|
|Mutual Benefit Life Building|
520 Broad Street|
Newark, New Jersey
|Roof||75 m (246 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Structural engineer||George A. Fuller Company|
The Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company was a life insurance company that was chartered in 1845 and based in Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. The company was headed by Frederick Frelinghuysen (1848-1924). The company was known as the "Tiffany" of insurance companies, a reference to its reputation as the life insurance company to the upper classes.
Mutual Benefit Life was taken into receivership for rehabilitation by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance on July 16, 1991, after losses in an overheated real estate market led to a run by policyholders, who ultimately lost the purported "cash value" that had been said to have accrued in their policies. At the time, the collapse was the largest ever of an American insurer. AMEV acquired the group life, accident and health insurance Mutual Benefit in 1991.SunAmerica acquired the remaining divisions in 1998. Effective June 14, 2001, Mutual Benefit was liquidated and dissolved.
Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company
|Location||300 Broadway and 2nd St., Newark, New Jersey|
|Area||3.9 acres (1.6 ha)|
|Architect||John H. & Wilson C. Ely|
|Architectural style||Other, Civic Renaissance|
|NRHP reference #||83004031|
|Added to NRHP||November 17, 1983|
The company's original headquarters building at 300 Broadway in Newark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building was sold to the Archdiocese of Newark and served as home to Essex Catholic High School until 1979. The building was again sold, and today serves as a nursing home.
The company moved to larger headquarters at 520 Broad Street in 1957, a modern structure that was built in the International Style as part of the New Newark movement and centered to the north of traditional downtown at Washington Park, currently owned by IDT Corporation.  As of December 2012 there were plans to convert the building to residential and retail space marketed to the city's student population'
John H. Ely and Wilson C. Ely formed a well- known father-and-son Newark ... were responsible for the East Orange City Hall, the Morristown Memorial Hospital....