Woolworth Building, New York City

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 guide was knowleable and clever Learned all I wanted to know about the building and man. Next time I’ll take the 90 minute tour!  more »
  • Not to be missed! Glorious building! And Bob Gelber was the best tour guide one could hope for; I picked him because of the reviews on this site. Did not disappoint! Have set up another tour with Bob.  more »
  • I am very glad we took the time to do this tour. The building is exquisite and the background story very interesting too. Any student or fan of archicture and craftsmanship will enjoy this tour. Highl...  more »
  • This building is one of New York City's gems. There is currently scaffolding around the building, but it can be enjoyed from a distance. The one thing that is negative about visiting the Woolworth building is that you can't go inside the lobby unless you have particular business that takes you there. This is very disappointing. The facade of the building is made of terracotta and it's full of beautiful sculptural details. A little known fact about the building is that the Terracotta facade was made at the Atlantic Terracotta company, which was located on Staten Island. For now, you can enjoy the building from a distance. There is also a small Starbucks located on corner.
  • Super sleek, great service. Been living in my n NYC for 20 years, this is my first time going here. Lots of fun. As with everything here though it's a bit pricey..
  • This is an iconic New York City building that has been here for a century. It is right near city hall and the Brooklyn bridge. Also it is within walking distance of the world trade center museum and memorial. It is in lower Manhattan which has a lot of tourist sites and is close to battery Park and the statue of liberty.
  • Beautiful building! Timeless art deco look! Use to be a swimming pool in a hidden area and had a way of to go into the subway years back. Area is near WTC
  • I used to go to the gym in the basement here in the early '90s. It's a wonderful building. Back then there were no restrictions on entry. I guess times change, and there's so many tourists these days, but it's a pity not to be able to walk around like the old days

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