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NYC’s Woolworth Building Finally Open to the Public

This tour was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for a review. All opinions are, as always, my own.

Dante and I love architecture and often we stroll around NYC looking for facades and interiors to capture with our cameras. So when we found out that one of our very favorite buildings was now, finally, open for public tours — we were very excited. We’d been walking by and wishing to go in for years but in all the time we’ve been together, the building was never open to the public. Until, May of this year.

The Facade

The Facade

What building am I talking about? NYC’s Woolworth Building.

As the name suggests, it was commissioned by Frank W. Woolworth, who was the chief executive of the F. W. Woolworth Company and owner of 318 five-and ten-cent stores across the United States, Canada, and England. The architect was Cass Gilbert.

Tours are now available in 30, 60 and 90 minute increments and I highly recommend the 90 minute especially if you have Lisa Renz as your tour guide. She was absolutely dynamite and both Dante and I really felt her knowledge about + passion for the building were what actually made our experience as wonderful as it was. Though the architecture did live up to our fantasy of what it should be and we left simply put: in awe.

Looking Up Before Entering the Woolworth

Looking Up Before Entering the Woolworth

The Outside from the Park Across the Street

The Outside from the Park Across the Street

Above the Historic Elevators

Above the Historic Elevators

I could not get over the mosaic ceilings!

I could not get over the mosaic ceilings!

Relief Sculptures of Faces Depict Men Involved in the Building of the Woolworth

Relief Sculptures of Faces Depict Men Involved in the Building of the Woolworth

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An elaborate Stairway Leading up from the Lobby

An elaborate Stairway Leading up from the Lobby

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Inside the Old Bank Vault in the Basement! Now used for Supplies during the Reconstruction

Inside the Old Bank Vault in the Basement! Now used for Supplies during the Reconstruction

An Old Photograph of The Woolworth

An Old Photograph of The Woolworth

I loved the Bird Motif of the Mosaic Ceilings

I loved the Bird Motif of the Mosaic Ceilings

Up Close with Some of the Details

Up Close with Some of the Details

The tour does take you outside the building as well as in, so the one tip I will share is that if you’re doing this tour in the summer, make sure to have bottled water with you.

Not wanting to spoil a tour for you by giving you all the history, I will just direct you to their site so you can learn more and book your visit, and that is: Woolworth Tours.

You can also follow them on social media:

Instagram https://instagram.com/woolworthtours
Twitter https://twitter.com/woolworthtours
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoolworthTourGroup

The Woolworth Building is located at 233 Broadway in New York City, NY, USA.

All images taken with a Samsung NX500 or NX1 Camera.