Tourist In Your Own Town

Tourist In Your Own Town #38 - The Woolworth Building

The Woolworth Building transformed New York City’s skyline and remains one of the most famous skyscrapers in the country. It is a Gothic marvel designed by architect Cass Gilbert for millionaire five-and-dime storeowner Frank W. Woolworth. Completed in 1913, the elegant structure was hailed as “the cathedral of commerce” and was the tallest building in the world until 1930.

The Woolworth Building was a showcase for modern technology at the time boasting a 792-foot steel frame set into some of the deepest bedrock in the city. It also featured high-speed elevator service, self-sustaining electrical power, heating and cooling, water supply, and fire protection.

The Woolworth Building was named a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and in 1983, a New York City Landmark. With its extensive terra cotta cladding and a dazzling interior this building is a must see.

Plan your visit to the Woolworth Building
233 Broadway, Lower Manhattan

PLEASE NOTE: The Lobby is not open to the general public, you must register online for a scheduled tour at - private or custom tours can be arranged by calling Helen Curry (Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter) at 203 966-9663.

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