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The Woolworth Building, New York City

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The Woolworth Building, at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1913, is an early US skyscraper. The original site for the building was purchased by F. W. Woolworth and his real estate agent Edward J. Hogan by April 15, 1910, from the Trenor Luther Park Estate and other owners for $1.65 million. By January 18, 1911, Woolworth and Hogan had acquired the final site for the project, totaling $4.5 million. More than a century after the start of its construction, it remains, at 241.4m, one of the one-hundred tallest buildings in the United States as well as one of the thirty tallest buildings in New York City. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1966, and a New York City landmark since 1983.ArchitectureThe Woolworth Building was designed in the neo-Gothic style by the architect Cass Gilbert, whom Frank Woolworth commissioned in 1910 to design a 20-story office building as the F. W. Woolworth Company's new corporate headquarters on Broadway, between Park Place and Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan, opposite City Hall. Originally designed to be high, the building was eventually elevated to. At its opening, the Woolworth Building was 60 stories tall and had over 5,000 windows. The construction cost was 13.5 million. With Irving National Exchange Bank Woolworth set up the Broadway-Park Place Company to finance the building, but by May 1914, had purchased all of the shares from the bank, thus owning the building outright. On completion, the Woolworth building topped the record set by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower as the world's tallest building.
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  • The guided tour was very interesting. Congratulations to the guide: his explanations were accurate and very useful. We learnt a lot about the fascinating life of Mr.Woolworth  more »
  • This was a great tour! Very informative and a unique attraction in NYC. The tour gave a history of the building and we were able to see some interesting architecture.  more »
  • Finally took the 90 minute tour of the Woolworth Building with tour guide, Tony Robins. Highly recommended especially if you are interested in architecture, art, New York City history and beautiful pl...  more »
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  • This building is getting renovations on the outside and hopefully they will be half as beautiful as the inside of the building The front desk team are fantastic, knowledgeable and willing to help with needs from where to go to helping the elderly and disabled get in and out. The elevators work fast and efficient. The many tourists wanting photos of the landmark are asked to stay outside keeping inside impeccably clean on all the floors and in bathrooms. I didn't visit anyplace other than for my appointment but the office was friendly clean and had the greatest views of Lower NYC!
  • Definitely recommend taking the tour of the Woolworth Building Lobby. There's a lot to take in and without a guide you're at a loss to understand the significance of the mosaics and little gargoyles throughout. You also wouldn't get the perspective of what it must have been like for this to have been the tallest building in New York for a while and the relevance of who Woolworth was and what he brought to the retail landscape.
  • Historic, beautiful, and imposing. While it's under construction for a few more months, it will soon reopen as condos, with a beautiful spire
  • Great food...well stocked bar... Nice staff... Love the location
  • One of the oldest and fascinating skyscraper in Manatthan. Worthy learning about the history of the building

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