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Reviewed 2 days ago

While studying Fine Arts appraisal at NYU some of the classes were held at this beautiful building. While visiting city hall, don't miss this landmark.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go and see the beautiful architecture and experience the whispering archway. You find out when you go ;)

Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The is a very beautiful building . Don't just walk by if you get a chance to stop in and see this beautiful Building.

Thank c y
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour - informative and thorough. Knowledgeable and personable tour leader. Gorgeous interior — lots of history about Woolworth and architect Cass Gilbert.

Thank Diane K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is open to organized tours, not to the general public. It is well worth it go join a tour to see the inside and hear the history. Stunning and awesome.

Thank Barbara R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a 90 minute tour with guide Ray Victor yesterday! Had originally booked a 30 minute tour but was unexpectedly delayed! I’m glad I was delayed because 30 minutes would not have been enough time! The details Ray shared about the history of the building, other buildings in the area and about the people involved in the creation of the building were fascinating! Would definitely recommend this tour!

Thank LMV3
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took a 30 minute tour and I must admit that it was well worth the time and money. The architecture is incredible and the building is well maintained. Our guide was very knowledgeable of all the key players that bought the building to life. A hidden gem in NYC.

Thank bhlraven1916
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great 30 minute tour of the beautiful Woolworth building lobby. The cost was a reasonable $20. The detail and artistry in just the lobby of this building was incredible - it evoked the feeling of a gothic cathedral - with some whimsy. Odd, almost creepy corbels of men related to the building (architect, Mr woolworth, etc) and gorgeous tile and fresco's upstairs. The tour guide (wish I had remembered her name) was highly knowledgeable about the building, and obviously passionate about her job. Just a great, fun gem to see. Don't move more than 3 feet from your tour guide though - the security personnel are sticklers that you STAY right with the tour guide, even if you are just taking another peek, or a picture.

Thank Quonnie
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

Taking a 1-hour tour of the Woolworth Building Lobby proved to be the highlight of my recent New York City stay. It more than satisfied my interests in history and architecture. I had walked around this magnificent Neo-Gothic 60-story skyscraper many times during past visits, but could not go inside because it was closed as a tourist attraction after 9/11. The lobby reopened for public tours four years ago, and my schedule finally allowed me to go on one.

Three tours are offered (half hour, 1 hour and 90 minutes), and I opted for the 1-hour tour. Our group met our excellent guide, Ray Victor, at the entrance and walked across the street to City Hall Park to look at the building from a distance and to learn about the period in which it was built and the steel-frame structure’s influence on the neighborhood after it opened in 1913. At that time, it was the world’s tallest building at 792 feet. President Woodrow Wilson participated in the opening by pushing a button in Washington, D.C. that lit 80,000 lights on the building. Old photos helped to bring the era alive.

Inside, the stunning 3-story lobby was even better than I expected. Its features include a vaulted ceiling with Byzantine-style mosaics, a massive stained-glass skylight, balconies with frescoes, bronze fittings and a marble staircase. The whole area is immaculate and beautifully maintained.

For those unable to take a tour, I find the exterior to be well worth a stop when in the area. Unfortunately, a renovation in the 1970s replaced much of the terra cotta with concrete and that has become discolored in ensuing years.

Tour information is available online. One must be scheduled and paid for in advance. There are no restroom facilities for participants. The Starbucks shop next to the building does not have a restroom.

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Reviewed 4 October 2018

The design of one of the world's first skyscraper was supposed to evoke a gothic cathedral, so one should view it with that concept in mind. It's exquisite inside and out.

Thank Thomas V
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