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 constructed between 1910 and 1912, 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 its construction, it remains, at 241.4m, one of the 100 tallest buildings in the United States as well as one of the 30 tallest buildings in New York City. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1966, and a New York City landmark since 1983.
The 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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  • I used to work in this bldg. during the 60's . It is the cutting edge of the beginning of skyscrapers. It is gorgeous. The lobby is beautiful.  more »
  • The Woolworth Building paid for in cash from Mr. Woolworth 5 and Dime Stores. I have been here many times. I was built in what was one time the center of the City, across from City Hall. It was one of...  more »
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  • The Woolworth Building is a fascinating place. My tour guide Ray Victor was friendly and knowledgeable and answered all my questions. The half hour tour was excellent though I wish I had time to take the longer tour. Be prepared to stand as there were no opportunities to sit.
  • Wonderful opportunity to see one of New York's first great office buildings. Knowledgeable guide, the one hour tour has time for photos and taking in the details. Brief look from outside and then an extended period in the lobby before finishing up in the seldom seen basement. Interesting look into New York City history in the early 20th century. Great tour. History of American business that helped explain the man and his building....biggest most elaborate etc. Very glad I took the tour. Recommend it!
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