Big Onion Walking Tours
After barely more than two years of design & construction, the Woolworth Building opened today in 1913. Designed by Cass Gilbert in the neo-Gothic style, the 60 story tall (792 feet) was the tallest building in the world. On the evening of April 24, 1913, it became the first building with build in exterior lighting - and President Woodrow Wilson turned on the lights with a button in Washington DC! Nicknamed “The Cathedral of Commerce” by Reverend S. Parkes Cadman in 1916, it remained the tallest building in the world until 1930.
Built at the behest of Frank W Woolworth (1852-1919), founder of the legendary dimestore “F. W. Woolworth Company”, he was the first to use self-service display cases, so customers could choose what they wanted to purchase without assistance of a sales clerk.
Frank Woolworth paid the $13.5 million to build the Woolworth Building in cash.
Photograph: Woolworth Building in 1913. The Pictorial News Co, N.Y. No NN 98 Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-127214 #bigoniontours #todayinhistory #cassgilbert #woolworthbuilding #neogothic #nychistory #nycarchitecture #woodrowwilson