The Woolworth Building was designed by Cass Gilbert to house the offices of the F. W. Woolworth Company and was the tallest building in the world from 1913 until 1930. With its ornamental gothic-style exterior, it dominated the New York City skyline and served as an icon of American ingenuity with state of the art steel construction, fireproofing and high-speed elevators and it was dubbed “the Cathedral of Commerce.” The building is still privately owned and operated, and has long been closed to the public. Tours of its magnificent landmarked lobby featuring marble, mosaics, and murals have only recently been made available and can be taken for 30-minutes, 60-minutes or 90-minutes. Custom and Private tours for groups of 10 – 35 can also be arranged.
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Excellent guide Jason. Full hour of info on architecture, commercial, real estate, political and social history of the building owner, designer, and NYC at time of construction and since. All on tour were impressed. --Sita
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and extremely nice. The building is gorgeous and there were so many interesting details that the guide explained beautifully. 5 stars. --Emilio Juarez