233 Broadway, Cass Gilbert, Architect, 1910-1913
— Exploring Downtown —One of America's earliest and greatest romantic skyscrapers, rising 60 stories above City Hall Park, the Woolworth Building held the coveted title of world's tallest building until losing it to the Chrysler Building in 1929. The Gothic inspired, terra-cotta clad skyscraper was built—and paid for in cash—by the inventor of that great American institution, the five-and-ten-cent store. When asked why he did it, Frank Woolworth said he wanted the building to advertise his stores—though there's also a story about competition with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which refused Woolworth a mortgage and then watched its own famous tower become the world's second tallest building.
|Series||This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series|
|Placed By||Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 6:50pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 583797 N 4507302|
|Decimal Degrees||40.71238333, -74.00791667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 42.743', W 74° 0.475'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 42' 44.58" N, 74° 0' 28.50" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||212, 917, 646, 718, 347|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 4680-4962 Lower Apalachee Rd, New York NY 10007, US|
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