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“Beautiful, historic building...but you can't go in!”
Review of Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building
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Owner description: F. W. Woolworth funded this elaborate design on his own dime - and nickel. Designed by the renowned architect Cass Gilbert in 1913 as Frank W. Woolworth’s NYC headquarters, the landmarked 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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“Beautiful, historic building...but you can't go in!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I used to work in the Woolworth Building, and I have to say that the building is breathtaking; the gilded mosaic ceiling in the lobby, the "gargoyles" of important men inside, and of, well, actual gargoyles on the outside, the intricately carved arch in front of the entrance, etc. However, the public is not allowed in! If you're already in the area, I would encourage you to see the gothic-style carvings out front, but the grandeur on the inside is out of reach (unless you can weasel your way into a tour/meeting on the inside.)

One thing to remember, should you make it in... no pictures allowed!

Visited May 2012
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“An ivory tower history lesson.”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Not a public building. The Worthwool Building was constructed 10¢ at a time. The original dime-store chain grew and maybe we can compare it to the universal 99¢ stores we see today. This place is a Gothic Revival masterpiece, best seen at a distance, but standing at the base, looking up does give one a sense of its grandeur and one can almost feel how incredible it may have seemed in it's day.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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“One of the shining spots of Downtown Manhattan”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Not far from City Hall - just across the street, actually - is this architectural marvel. If you act like a dumb tourist, the security guard might take pity on you and let you take a picture or two of the incredible ornate lobby. Otherwise, an insider's tip: the Woolworth is one of the sights where NYU's continuing ed courses are held. I don't know if you can select courses by which ones are held there, but if you pick a course and it's held there, you go past a spot where you can look through a window and across and down at the lobby. Incredible!

Otherwise, it is one of the great things you will see as part of the downtown Skyline when you are taking the D train across the Manhattan Bridge to get to downtown Manhattan. Look out the left side of the subway car and there it is, along with 1 Centre Street and some other things. It actually was the world's tallest building for a minute. Then they built the Chrysler Building, and that was it.

Visited May 2012
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Queensland, Australia
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“Architecture plus”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We wanted to see the decoration of this famous building and were not disappointed. What a shame we in Australia like to rip down old buildings and relace then with new plain buildings. We loose the wonderful; heritage that this building has retained. Hope we learn from this.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice to look at from the outside...”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

...if you can see past the scaffolding at the first few storeys. Visitors are unable to get into the building to look around, as this is a restricted office building by the looks of it.

Visited December 2012
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