The Woolworth Building opened on April 24, 1913.
On completion, the Woolworth Building topped the record set by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower as the world’s tallest building.
The Woolworth Building was designed in the neo-Gothic style by the architect Cass Gilbert.
Frank Woolworth commissioned Gilbert to design a 20-story office building as the F. W. Woolworth Company’s new corporate headquarters on Broadway.
Originally designed to be 420 feet (130 m) high, the building was eventually elevated to 792 feet (241 m).
At its opening, the Woolworth Building was 60 stories tall and had over 5,000 windows.
The construction cost was US$13.5 million.
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