New York City – Woolworth Building

The Woolworth Building in New York with it’s ‘Neo Gothic’ features was once the tallest building in the world and known as the ‘Cathedral of Commerce’. Located at 233 Broadway, Lower Manhattan it was built in 1913 and reached 792ft with 58 floors which made it the tallest building in the world, a record it held until 1930 when the Bank of Manhattan on Wall Street was completed. Although dwarfed by surrounding skyscrapers it remains in the top thirty tallest buildings in New York.

Frank W. Woolworth paid $13.5m in cash for the construction approximately $338m in today’s money.

Woolworth Building New York
‘The Cathedral of Commerce’

In 1966 the Woolworth building was designated as a National Historic Landmark. It was occupied by multiple companies including Frank W. Woolworths’.

It remained offices until 2002 when a private developer converted the top 30 floors into private residencies. Ever since the public is not allowed to visit to see the extravagant lobby with it’s lavish marble and huge vaulted ceiling.

If you want to visit the Lobby at the Woolworth building there are tours available to book. There are three different tours to choose from. Bookings must be made in advance for the 30, 60 or 90 minute tours available. Prices range from $20 – $45 depending on the tour chosen.

Currently due to Covid-19 regulations the tour programme is suspended but check here

For more information see  Woolworth Tours