Woolworth Building

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Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building
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Learn how the biggest retail tycoon of the early twentieth century and a star architect changed the NYC skyline forever. Designed by the renowned architect Cass Gilbert in 1913 to be Frank W. Woolworth’s NYC headquarters, the Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world for 17 years. Long closed to the public, architectural tours of its magnificent vintage lobby are now available.
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1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Park Place • 1 min walk
  • City Hall • 2 min walk
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KentS
New York City, NY5 contributions
Jan 2020
The Woolworth Building Lobby Tour was excellent and our guide, Ray, was outstanding. He put the building in context—architecturally, socially, geographically, and chronologically—all shaped into a narrative that was conversational, not professorial and personal, not formulaic. The three people I invited all enjoyed the 90-minute tour and highly recommend it.
Written February 18, 2020
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Coffeeprincess
Spennymoor, UK110 contributions
Dec 2019
Great to see inside one of the most iconic NYC buildings in architectural history. The tour starts outside the building from the adjacent park, where the gothic facade in terracotta is explained in detail. We then viewed the grand cathedral-like lobby, the back staircase where the bank was situated, and finally the basement which contains the old bank vault.

Our guide, Lisa, really brought the building and the Frank Woolworth story alive, much better than reading a conventional guide book could do.

The building is still a business centre with many offices, so staff are continually coming and going which adds to authenticity of the tour. Tourists are therefore not allowed to enter the building unless they are part of the tour.

The 60 minutes flew by, which gives an indication of how the guide kept our attention and interest. Overall, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

I would recommend the 60 minute tour to everyone with a passion for NYC architecture.
Written January 3, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL14,184 contributions
Mar 2019
At the dawn of the 20th Century, New York real estate began to go up. This was one of the first in 1913 and it has all of the beautiful Neo-Gothic features of that era. The exterior is rich in detail that you don't get from today's steel and glass. However, step inside because the lobby and it is just as good. They don't build them like this 100 year old structure that at 55 stories once the tallest building in the world for 17 years. For much of New York's golden age it set the skyline but today it is dwarfed by its modern neighbors. Still it has great location across the street from City Hall.
Written January 15, 2020
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Robin D
1 contribution
Jan 2020
I have lived in NYC and visited many times and never thought about the Woolworth building but was in the neighborhood after visiting the 9/11 Memorial. It was so interesting and the guide was full of great stories of the building, surrounding buildings, and all peoples involved from concept to present day. Fascinating and fun.
Written January 21, 2020
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LSJNewYork
New York City, NY89 contributions
Jan 2020
Our guide Bob was informative and engaging. We got to spend 90 mins in the Woolworth Building. Mainly the grand vaulted lobby with gorgeous mosaic ceilings, marbled walls, floors and staircases, ironwork around the elevators, the bank vault much more. Bob shared interesting stories about Frank Woolworth and the people who designed and built this turn of century gem. I thoroughly enjoyed every detail and moment of exploring the WWBldg. It is closed to the public, and after years of waiting to schedule a tour, it is a treat to finally walk inside. Thank you for this piece of NYC history.
Written January 16, 2020
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,079 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
On our way from Midtown to the financial district, we stopped to admire Woolworth Building, which is truly majestic and gigantic with its turrets and lovely details everywhere you look.
We did not enter the building, but we spent some time in the cold checking it out from every side and we really loved it. Can only imagine how beautiful is the interior.
Written March 17, 2020
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ellayneg
New York City, NY5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Took the tour with a friend. I pass the building every day as I work nearby but had no idea of the history and beauty. Ray,our tour guide, was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and engaging! Learned alot and got to see a special landmark in NYC. Highly recommend this tour!
Written February 8, 2020
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bhlraven1916
Atlanta, GA876 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
I took a 30 minute tour and I must admit that it was well worth the time and money. The architecture is incredible and the building is well maintained. Our guide was very knowledgeable of all the key players that bought the building to life. A hidden gem in NYC.
Written October 19, 2018
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Dave S
Hebron, lsrael169 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
Built in 1913, the Woolworth Building was the world's tallest building until surpassed by the Chrysler Building in 1930, then Empire State Building in 1931, then the original World Trade Center twin towers in 1972-73. It is a testament to New York's leadership in the world, that these buildings were, when constructed, the tallest in the world, not "just" the tallest in New York! The building supposedly is 60 storeys high, but in fact has "only" 56. At the Broadway-side entrance is an utterly obnoxious sign saying "no tourists beyond this point"; this reviewer entered through a side entrance on Barclay Street, just to see the impressive lobby, without hassle.
Written January 25, 2014
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AV_Londoner
New York City, NY69 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
The building is very impressive and beautiful but until recently there was no easy way to visit the interior or admire it in much detail. You can now take a tour of the lobby by pre-booking, which should be part of any wander/tour of downtown/financial district. I could only find space in the 15 min slot, but the tour lasted approx 30 mins. You get the chance to see the lobby and the first basement while the tour guide gives you some interesting facts and general information. Highly recommended - a great way to experience more of this wonderful building!
Written September 5, 2013
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Frequently Asked Questions about Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building is open:
  • Sun - Mon 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Tue - Tue 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Thu - Thu 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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