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September 4, 2022

Amazing Photos of the Woolworth Building Construction in New York City From the Early 1910s

These amazing photos from New York Public Library that show the construction of the Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway, New York City, taken by New York photographer, Irving Underhill. At the time of its completion in 1913, the Woolworth Building was one of New York’s first skyscrapers and actually the tallest in the world.

Construction of the Woolworth Building

In addition to capturing the progress of the construction of this landmarked building and revealing otherwise hidden architectural features, these photographs are rich with details of early twentieth century life in New York City.

This collection of photographs is one of many at the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street.

Woolworth Building foundations, May 1, 1911

Woolworth Building foundations, Broadway and Park Place, October 6, 1911

Street view of the Woolworth Building construction site, circa 1911

Woolworth Building iron work, Broadway and Barclay Street, December 2, 1911

Woolworth Building, December 28, 1911

Woolworth Building iron work, February 2, 1912

Woolworth Building iron work, February 20, 1912

Woolworth Building iron work, April 4, 1912

Woolworth Building, July 1, 1912

Woolworth Building, circa 1912


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