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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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  • excellent guide with a lot of passion , enthusiasm and knowledge... The audience, myself included, was quiet .. but it did not discouraged him from excitement about his explanations..... 
  • My husband and I went on the tour this past weekend and let me tell you it was fabulous! The building is spectacular and the tour guide is a wealth of knowledge. We really never expected to be so plea...  more »
  • Though it was a thrill to see the lobby of the Woolworth Building and get an hour talk of its history, the tour was still a disappointment as we were not able to get in the elevator or see some of the...  more »
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  • Lovely architecture, inside and out! We had the pleasure of a tour and highly recommend if you get the chance. Very interesting history behind the building and how it has changed over time.
  • We love the city, we love the building, this is one of the great building NYC has. Just enjoy the building structure by standing, may be take a photo with it.
  • 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.
  • Artistic old building from the gilded time