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CaptionThe Woolworth Building designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1913 is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the United States. The land for the building was purchased by F. W. Woolworth March 11 1910 from the Trenor Luther Park Estate for two million dollars. More than a century after the start of its construction it remains at 57 stories one of the fifty tallest buildings in the United States as well as one of the twenty tallest buildings in New York City. It has been a National Historic Landmark since 1966 and a New York City landmark since 1983 --- --- --- The Woolworth Building was constructed in neo-Gothic style by architect Cass Gilbert who was commissioned by Frank Woolworth in 1910 to design the tallest building in the world[7] as the Woolworth Company's new corporate headquarters on Broadway between Park Place and Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan opposite City Hall. Originally planned to be 625 feet [191 m] high the building was eventually elevated to 792 feet [241 m] --- --- --- The building's tower flush with the main frontage on Broadway is raised on a block base with a narrow interior court for light. The exterior decoration was cast in limestone-colored glazed architectural terra-cotta panels. Strongly articulated piers carriedówithout interrupting cornicesóright to the pyramidal cap give the building its upward thrust. The Gothic detailing concentrated at the highly visible top is massively scaled able to be read from the street level several hundred feet below.[citation needed] Engineers Gunvald Aus and Kort Berle designed the steel frame supported on massive caissons that penetrate to the bedrock. The high-speed elevators were innovative and the building's high office-to-elevator ratio made the structure profitable --- --- --- In August 2012 The New York Times reported that an investment group led by Alchemy Properties a New York developer bought the top 30 floors for a luxury condo project
HeadlineConstructed in neo-Gothic style by architect Cass Gilbert to be an icon was the tallest structure in the world from 1913 to 1930
Keywordsworlds-tallest-structure neo-Gothic
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Woolworth_Building
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolworth_Building

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