Woolworth Building Under Construction, July 1, 1912

Woolworth Building Under Construction, July 1, 1912
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Early Twentieth Century New York City was indeed a city of one-upmanship. Corporations raced to the sky, building towering monuments to their success. In 1910, Frank Woolworth commissioned architect Cass Guilbert to build him a new corporate headquarters on Broadway, opposite City Hall. Here we see it in 1912, less than year before it would open to the public, at which time it would have surpassed the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower as the tallest building in the world. The building, which cost Woolworth $13,500,000, came in at 792 feet high and held the record as the world's tallest until 1930, when 40 Wall Street and the Chrysler Building surpassed it.

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