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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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  • Check to see if they have a tour to view the inside. It is really unique although touristy. But what in NYC isn't  more »
  • This tour is both fun & informative. Our guide really knew his stuff & clearly loved telling the Woolworth story. And what a story it is! This is a hidden gem -- you may think you've done it all in NY...  more »
  • Worth the 90 minutes to learn some unique history and view a magnificent building. Our guide was knowledgeable and flexible with the group.  more »
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  • One of the oldest and fascinating skyscraper in Manatthan. Worthy learning about the history of the building
  • Is so amazing, get a ticket to come two times per day, once in daylight and once after 9pm in the night
  • Good place. They have Starbucks at ground floor
  • Fast and Great service. Burgers and salads are good. Fries are too salty.
  • A GREAT PLACE TO GO AND HANG OUT OR GO TO THE DR. IF YOU IN PAIN AND NEED A PAIN DR. ON THE 6th. FLOOR!