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Woolworth Building

233 Broadway, New York City, NY 10007 (Financial District)
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Ranked #253 of 861 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: F. W. Woolworth funded this elaborate design on his own dime - and nickel.
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New York City
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Developers and condo buyers are rapidly destroying New York City's past and depriving the public of peeks of beauty, still, anyone who wants to see the best of the interior of the iconic Woolworth Building would do well to sign up for a tour with Anthony W. Robins at www.anthonywrobins.com. An author and former employee of the NYC Landmarks Commission,... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The first time I walked by and starred at it, an old man stopped saying: "Did you know, that was the tales building in the world before the build the Chrysler Building?" And then walked away. And since then I love to walk by, have a look at the beautiful outside (you cannot go inside) and remember that "New York... More

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Woolworth Building was the tallest building in the world when it was built and for 17 afterwards. The cost was $13,000,000 paid in cash-no mortgage. You can't see the inside of this marvelous building without going on the tour which is available in 30, 60 and 90 minute versions. I was on the 60 (which was really closer to... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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120 reviews 120 reviews
51 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Worth a visit to see the architecture on the exterior of the building. Amazing to know that this was built for cash back in the day by Mr. Woolworth - as he did not believe in credit. Apparently, he paid in three instalments!

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Generally, tourists are not allowed to visit the lobby of this building.  However, you'll be able to visit it by participating in a 60 or 90 minute tour which is available periodically online. I participated in a 60 minute tour and was able to learn about the Gothic-influenced architectural background, the history of the building and founder Frank Winfield Woolworth's... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The building should be viewed from the front, side, and back. If you get a chance, take the Woolworth Lobby Tour. It is well worth it. The tour guide was a professional who has been studying the Woolworth Building. She made this tour come alive. She informed us of what we were seeing as well as background information on the... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's a beautiful building on the outside and nice to look at, but tourists can't even go in the lobby like the Chrysler or Empire State building.

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San Francisco, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
63 attraction reviews
256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Well worth seeing if you're an architecture fan. But be warned. Built by a an early 20th century baron, the building stays true to its roots, greeting ordinary visitors with an obnoxious sign right in the lobby as you enter the doors saying "no tourists beyond this point." If you want to see the ornate lobby, you can fork over... More

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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358 reviews 358 reviews
301 attraction reviews
365 helpful votes 365 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We only had the chance to see it from the outside. It was really impressive and very detailed in its construction. Do not miss it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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98 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

In the days the Woolworth Building was constructed, image was everything. The grand exterior and the lavish interior attracted tenants of the highest calibre. Huge amounts of money were spent to ensure the right kind of clients would come to the building. You really need to see the interior to appreciate how grand it is. Until recently the building was... More

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