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Old Posted Apr 14, 2008, 3:02 PM
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Timeless building! One of my early favorites!
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A lot of classics in that photo...
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I love this building, it's nice to see floors I haven't previously seen, I also like seeing the original construction materials. Just imagine those bricks being laid almost a century ago, and the man who did it.
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Here is my favorite image of the Woolworth Building.



Opening night from Brooklyn: April 24, 1913....with exterior floodlights.


....and this one, without the floodlights on the exterior.

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and a cool comparison graph with the liner Olympic (sister ship of Titanic).

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The Woolworth is just one of my favourite scapers and no doubt on of the most fascinating buildings in the world!

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Ha, this building gets majorly fucked up in the Cloverfield movie lol
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Even I must acknowledge the preeminence of the Chrysler Building as the most glorious skyscraper ever erected, a general opinion I have always agreed with (though disguised earlier within this particular thread).

However, the Woolworth Building, with its splendid ornamentation and extraordinary history (the loftiest skyscraper in the world, paid full in cash), is indeed one of the loveliest manifestations of a natural physical form for a soaring building.

Additionally, its towering base, previously derided in this thread as overbearing, maintains a height which I believe brought uniformity, harmony and architectural understanding to the burgeoning lower Manhattan skyline of the 1910s. The criticisms against the massing of the building, I feel, are further weakened by the Gothicized vertical bands that happily marry the base to its thinner, taller extension.
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Here is my favorite image of the Woolworth Building.



Opening night from Brooklyn: April 24, 1913....with exterior floodlights.
That's a great shot of the Woolworth.
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That particular photograph has always seemed a bit phony to my eye; Woolworth airbrushed into a shining pinnacle?
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fantastic shots of the opening night.

On 24th April, 1913 electricity and electric light played an important part in the official inauguration of the Woolworth Building, then the world's tallest skyscraper. The construction included 87 miles of electric flex, 80,000 light bulbs and its own power plant containing four separate generator engines.

As a publicity stunt the President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, agreed to flick a switch at his desk in the White House in Washington that would turn on all of the lights at once, restoring daylight to the Broadway District.
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Ha, this building gets majorly fucked up in the Cloverfield movie lol
And somewhat in 'Enchanted'. Yeah, when I saw Cloverfield and the Woolworth scene I gasped out loud "oh god, not the Woolworth!!!". My partner was more than a little bit embarrassed.
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And somewhat in 'Enchanted'. Yeah, when I saw Cloverfield and the Woolworth scene I gasped out loud "oh god, not the Woolworth!!!". My partner was more than a little bit embarrassed.
Well, they drop-kicked the Statue of Liberty and took out the Brooklyn Bridge too, which I thought was more disturbing. In fact, the Brooklyn Bridge gets more than its fair share of destruction in New York films. But there are many buildings in Manhattan that you could tolerate being obliterated (on film) far more than the Woolworth.
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^Coney Island being on Staten Island?
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^yeah, that would put Coney Island at Todt Hill which is the highest point of land in NYC. Definitely not a beach at 410' above sea level!

The Woolworth is a spectacle indeed. Too bad about that 2nd Empire Post Office, City Hall Park just isn't worth it.
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It's easily one of my favorite buildings in the world. I think that the new buildings being constucted or recently finished (30 park place aka 99 church street & 10 barclays) really help make the building more preeminent and will probably impart some longetivity to it. Too bad many of the buildings in the area around it are either rather out of place or just plain disgusting.

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Nows a good time to take pictures of the rear of the building. The building behind it is almost completely torn down. Soon to be replaced by a 900 footer that will tower over woolworth so its a limited time thing
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Wow the Woolworth is definitely one of my all-time favorite American skyscrapers. They just dont make 'em like they used too.
It's so detailed too, Like a commercial Cathedral.
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