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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  • Really enjoyed the 90 minute tour, definitely worth your time if you are interested in NYC history and/or architecture. Gorgeous building, knowledgeable and engaging guide.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed the 90 minute tour, and found ourselves discussing interesting points throughout the rest of the weekend. If you enjoy any of NYC history, architecture, and real estate developme...  more »
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  • Sadly rough around the edges, this once glorious structure isn't cared for as well as she should be. But the tour is interesting and worth a visit, if just to gain access to all areas of the elegant lobby. The extended tour takes you deeper into what is shockingly a shambles of disarray below.
  • 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.
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