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|Location||New York, New York map|
|Date||1910 to 1913 timeline|
|Building Type||corporate headquarters, early skyscraper|
|Construction System||terra cotta cladding|
|Notes||60 story tower with Gothic ornamentation.|
|Discussion||Woolworth Building Commentary
"Designed to reach the then incredible height of fifty-five stories, it rises just short of 761 feet at the top of the pyramidal spire. As Flagg did, Gilbert has a tower shaft that rises from a supporting block base, but to maximize the expression of height (and to provide associations with other historic tall buildings) Gilbert used Gothic motifs. The piers at the corners of the supporting block and the main tower piers are widened, but nowhere are they stopped by horizontals. At the top the Gothic finials and crockets are vastly overscaled so that they read from the street and provide the proper visual termination to the upward movement. Such an achievement in height, of course, was based on the exploratory work of Jenney, Adler, and Sullivan, but the monumental impulse was much different from that in Chicago."
Leland M. Roth. A Concise History of American Architecture. p188-9.
Sources on Woolworth Building
Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1702.046
Lawrence A. Martin, University of Oregon. Slides from photographer's collection, September 1993. PCD.3235.1012.0545.044. PCD.3235.1012.0545.051.
John Tauranac. Elegant New York: The Builders and the Buildings 1885-1915. New York: Abbeville Press, 1985. ISBN 0-89659-458-0. LC 85-15728. NA735.N5T38 1985. north elevation, p18. east elevation, p18.
Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f214, p266. An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.com
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