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The Woolworth Building, New York City

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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 lobby is magnificent, the bank vault in the basement is haunting, and the abandoned pool in the sub basement is terrifying. But what I like most about The Woolworth Building is the coffee shop on ...  read more »
  • Beautiful architectural building which unfortunately partially was under renovation ... but unfortunately there are introduced access forbidden for public
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  • To see and understand the true difference between ornate and minimalism all one need do is walk into the lobby of this building and look up. Bare bone functional form has been the architectural norm f...  read more »
  • You probably wouldn't be able to go further than lobby if you don't work or have an appointment in the building, but even in the lobby you could see wonderful murals and mosaics on the walls, balconies, ceiling and the stairs. And sculpted embellishments make you feel like in a gothic cathedral.
  • Book the tour; the lobby is fantastic! We took the 90 minute tour and it flew by - so much to see, and lots of interesting stories to hear. If you've any interest in New York's skyscrapers, this one is for you.
  • Good tourist spot. Recommend taking a tour if your visiting NYC
  • One of the most beautiful skyscrapers around in my opinion. Absolutely worth visiting.
  • Great building if you get to tour inside you can witness and marvel at the historic art. In most movies showing the downtown area next to the world trade you can spot the green tip building.
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