Building the “Cathedral of Commerce”

On a clear day approximately 750 feet above Broadway, a couple of workers are busy constructing the Woolworth Building. Opened in 1913 and the tallest skyscraper in the world until 1930, it was dubbed the “Cathedral of Commerce” by a clergyman so taken with its church-like arched entryways and vaulted, mosaic ceilings. 

Looks like the Manhattan Bridge off in the distance at the top:

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Fearlessly hanging out over various municipal buildings:

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At the grand opening ceremony, President Woodrow Wilson pushed a button in Washington that illuminated the entire 60-story building. Here are more views of the Woolworth Building, plus photos of the funny little gargoyle-like caricatures of Mr. Woolworth and Cass Gilbert, the architect, in the beautiful lobby.

Almost finished:

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One Response to “Building the “Cathedral of Commerce””

  1. Winged chariots and lions on West 30th Street « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] is the man behind many great early 20th century New York City landmarks, from the Woolworth Building downtown to the New York Life skyscraper near Madison Square […]

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