Celebrate one of New York City’s most beautiful and famous buildings, on its 100th birthday. When it opened in April 1913, the Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan was the world’s tallest skyscraper, at a whopping 792 feet. Celebrate the Woolworth Buliding @100 at NYC’s Skyscraper Museum, which is located a short walk from the fabulously ornate skyscraper, and has an extensive exhibit on the history of the building and its place in NYC and architectural history.
I was there the other evening, and learned that the Woolworth Building is sheathed in 7,500 tons of terra cotta plates. One of the molds is on exhibit, but my favorite artifact just might be the typed letter from the construction company apologizing for a $12,000 additional fee for “some expert to inspect the steel”. That would raise the constuction cost to $4,308,000, which is less than the price of one of the apartments the Woolworth Building is now being rehabbed for, as a mixed-use office and residential tower.
The Skyscraper Museum is one of NYC’s lesser visited museums, which is a shame, since it is steps from Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial at the Wold Trade Center, and the Staten Island Ferry. It’s also NYC on the cheap, with admission of just $5 for adults, $2.50 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.
Woolworth @100 at the Skyscraper Museum is open through July 14, 2013.
Grand Central Terminal also is celebrating its 100th Birthday this year with an ongoing schedule of events.
photo courtesy Skyscraper Museum