Historic: Woolworth Building

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Historic: Woolworth Building Gender: N/A
born on 24 April 1913 at 19:30 (= 7:30 PM )
Place Manhattan, New York, 40n46, 73w59
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 04°12' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 27°04 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 14°02'

Historic: Woolworth Building (circa 1913)


American early skyscraper, an office building situated at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, designed by architect Cass Gilbert. It remained the tallest building in the world until the construction of 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building, also in New York City, in 1930; an observation deck on the 57th floor attracted visitors until 1941.

The original site for the building was purchased by F. W. Woolworth and his real estate agent Edward J. Hogan by 15 April 1910, from the Trenor Luther Park Estate and other owners for $1.65 million. By 18 January 1911, Woolworth and Hogan had acquired the final site for the project, totalling $4.5 million. More than a century after the start of its construction, it remains, at 241.4 meters (792 ft), one of the 100 tallest buildings in the United States as well as one of the 30 tallest buildings in New York City. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1966, and a New York City landmark since 1983.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "55-STORY BUILDING OPENS ON A FLASH: Woolworth Skyscraper Lights Up and Big Dinner Starts on Signal from White House. CASS GILBERT HONORED F. Hopkinson Smith Compliments F.W. Woolworth, Who Began Life as a Farmer's Boy," New York Times, 25 April 1913, p. 20: "last night . . . At 7:29, . . . a telegrapher of the Western Union . . . notified the operator in the White House . . One minute later President Wilson touched the instrument, closing the circuit, which caused a bell to ring in the banquet hall and in the engine room . . . and immediately for the first time lights flashed from every floor of the fifty-five stories."


  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Historic milestones (Tallest building in the world, 1913–1930)