Woolworth Tower History


For more than a century, the Woolworth Building has towered majestically over Manhattan. From 1913 to 1930, it was the world's tallest building — and to this day it remains a beautiful giant on the NYC skyline. In 2021, it's possible to buy a condo or penthouse here, and become a part of living history.

Two Men of Ambition
The Woolworth was the vision of two enterprising figures. Its namesake, F. W. Woolworth — creator of the famous variety stores — wanted to build a skyscraper as tall as it was romantic. He called on Cass Gilbert, an architect with an eye for Beaux-Arts grace. Between them, they devised a building that would become the talk of the town.

The Woolworth Building Rises
Work on this historic building officially began in November 1910, and on April 24, 1913, the tower opened to great fanfare. From the White House, President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button that illuminated The Woolworth in all its glory. Enthralled New Yorkers flocked to its shopping arcade, barbers, and restaurant, as well as its 57th floor observation deck.

The Next Chapter
Today, the top 30 floors of this National Historic Landmark form The Woolworth Tower Residences. Retaining its superlative features, including Gothic glazed terracotta panels and cathedral-esque lobby, the Woolworth has been dazzlingly reimagined to feature custom kitchens, marble bathrooms, and private terraces.

Want to be a party of NYC’s living history? Contact our team today to learn more about the current availability at The Woolworth Tower Residences.