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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  • October 5, 2017
    Building in southern Manhattan on Broadway, was in its day the building more high of the world, seems a cathedral, is a building with Gothic ornaments, gargoyles, a few windows and a few precious balconies with magnificent ornaments. Really superb
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  • October 4, 2017
    ...in lower manhattan. A great expression of the mix of art deco, zoning law and skyscraperism. I had the chance to visit it for my job, I don't know about organized visits... but the entry hall is sp...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Woolworth building has one of the most beautiful lobbies I've ever seen. Lets not forget the grand staircase. There are gargoyles and gorgeous tile stories all around the ceiling. "I'm not sure if the...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    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!
  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    Historic, beautiful, and imposing. While it's under construction for a few more months, it will soon reopen as condos, with a beautiful spire
  • June 24, 2017
    Great food...well stocked bar... Nice staff... Love the location
  • June 3, 2017
    One of the oldest and fascinating skyscraper in Manatthan. Worthy learning about the history of the building

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