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Woolworth Building Lobby Tour

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    The Woolworth Building, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, was the tallest in the world from 1913 to 1930. President Woodrow Wilson flipped a switch in the White House to turn on the building’s lights on its opening night 101 years ago. Hailed by architectural critics as an engineering marvel, it became instantly famous world-wide and helped to promote Frank Woolworth’s chain of 5 and 10 cent stores. Its extraordinary lobby is like no other space in North America, showcasing its grand proportions with splendid stained glass, spectacular mosaics, gorgeous murals and amusing sculptural details.

    In 1916, the Reverend S. Parkes Cadman called the Woolworth Building the “Cathedral of Commerce” as part of an effort to promote it as an ethical white-collar workplace. During the vibrant economy of the 1920s, the skyscraper’s Gothic design was viewed at home and abroad as a symbol of American material success. To this day, it evokes the expansive mood of the early 20th century, when New York served as the nation’s most prosperous port and gateway for the commerce of the world.

    Choose a 30-minute, 1-hour or 1.5-hour tour depending on how extensively you want to experience this famous historic landmark. See the Woolworth Building’s magnificent lobby, the more important elements of the building including the unique terracotta exterior, and the interior details such as the corbels with likenesses of the building’s owner, Frank W. Woolworth and Cass Gilbert, the architect, among others. This tour includes all areas of the main lobby, and provides a brief discussion of some of the more important elements of the building. There will be time for you to ask questions and photographs are allowed but no flash or videos are permitted.
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    Woolworth Building
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Woolworth Building
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The Woolworth Building is privately owned and operated, and is not open to the general public
    • There are no public restroom facilities
    • Tours will include stairs and time standing. No seating is available
    • The lobby is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to all areas of the tours
    • Photographs are allowed but flashes and videos are not permitted
    • No children under 10 may attend the tour
    • Note: Tours are held regardless of weather as long as the subways are running
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 6 days ago

    Perfect combination of the history behind this beautiful architectural masterpiece and Frank Woolworth, who built it. Our guide Ed Welter, was outstanding, as he lead us through the tour and explained so many interesting details about the building, the man, and his company. The tour...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank More-trips
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    We really loved our hour tour of the Woolworth building. It was made most interesting because of our tour guide, Ed. He was a wealth of information about Frank Woolworth and the building which is a monument to to his legacy. Now we want to...More

    Thank o_lynne
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We did the 1 hour tour which included the lobby & basement. Our tour guide Lisa had a wealth of information about the history of the building & it's creators. Very interesting.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank PaulineH51
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    What a great day! The 90 minute tour of the Woolworth building was lead by Ray Victor. He was terrific! There was so much to learn about the building, it's context in the history of New York City and the world. He also knew about...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank emant201627
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Terrific tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and had a wealth of information. Interior of building was beautiful and the architecture was wonderful.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Gloria C
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