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April Learn how and when to remove this template message The Woolworth Building was designed in the neo-Gothic style by the architect Cass Gilbertwhom Frank Woolworth commissioned in to design a story office building  as the F. With Irving National Exchange Bank Woolworth set up the Broadway-Park Place Company to finance the building, but by Mayhad purchased all of the shares from the bank, thus owning the building outright.
On completion, the Woolworth building topped the record set by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower as the world's tallest building. Under construction Construction was completed in and the building opened on April 24, President Woodrow Wilson turned the lights on by way of a button in Washington, D.
Parkes Cadman in a booklet of the same title published in The building's tower, flush with the main frontage on Broadway, joins an office block base with a narrow interior court for light. The exterior decoration was cast in limestone-colored, glazed architectural terra-cotta panels.
The Gothic detailing concentrated at the highly visible crown is over scaled, able to be read from the street level several hundred feet below. The high-speed elevators were innovative, and the building's high office-to-elevator ratio made the structure profitable.
Over the balconies of the mezzanine are the murals Labor and Commerce. Corbel sculptures include Gilbert with a model of the building, Aus taking a girder's measurements, and Woolworth counting nickels.
Prior to the September 11 attacksthe World Trade Center was often photographed in such a way that the Woolworth Building could be seen between 1 and 2 World Trade Center.
Increased post-attack security restricted access to most of the ornate lobby, previously a tourist attraction,  although the lobby reopened to public tours in Today, the building houses, among other tenants, TTA Inc.
Woolworth Company occupied only one and a half floors of the building,  but, as the owner, profited from renting space out to others, including the Irving National Exchange Bank and Columbia Records.
Columbia Records moved into the building in and housed a recording studio in it. The film Five and Ten is loosely based on Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and has many references to "the tower" that is being built.
The main characters, played by Marion Davies and Leslie Howardget stranded overnight atop the skyscraper.
In On the Townone of the sailors on leave in Manhattan Frank Sinatra uses an out-of-date guidebook which states that the Woolworth Tower's is the tallest building in the world. In Singin' in the Rainset inDon Lockwood Gene Kelly laments the colossal failure of his latest film, "The Dueling Cavalier" saying after its release, nobody would come to see him jump off the Woolworth Building into a damp rag.
In the Disney film Enchantedthe building is the site of the film's grand climax. In the opening scenes of Cloverfieldthe building is seen collapsing after Clover critically damages it, causing a dust cloud to flood through nearby streets.
An early scene shows a spectacular tilt down from the top of the building. The building also appears in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Warsbut only its bottom floors are rendered due to the game's top-down angle. In the novel Peakthe protagonist is arrested for climbing the building.
In Langston Hughes' poem "Negro" the narrator has made mortar for the building. Television[ edit ] The building is shown as the headquarters of Meade Publications in the television series Ugly Betty.Get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the world headquarters of CNN with this tour experience.
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The Woolworth Building, at Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, designed by architect Cass Gilbert and constructed between and , is an early US urbanagricultureinitiative.com original site for the building was purchased by F.
W. Woolworth and his real estate agent Edward J. Hogan by April 15, , from the Trenor Luther Park Estate and other owners for $ million.