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Secrets of Century-Old Woolworth Tower Revealed in Exhibit

It might not hold the title of world’s tallest office building anymore, but at 100 years old, the soaring Woolworth Building still looks pretty impressive.

Built in 1913, the great Gothic tower’s 100th birthday is being celebrated with a special exhibit dedicated to its striking architecture and influential past at Battery Park City’s Skyscraper Museum.

Known as the “Cathedral of Commerce,” the 792-foot skyscraper was the crowning achievement for five-and-dime store king Frank Woolworth, who paid for the entire project with his personal fortune, and was involved in every aspect of its construction.

Tourists once paid the hefty price of 50 cents — the equivalent of about $11 dollars today — for a view from what was then the highest perch in the world.

The landmarked, 60-story structure, located at 233 Broadway, was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and took more than a year to construct.
The museum’s display will include a host of artifacts from the building's construction and storied history.

The exhibition, which opened on February 27, will run through July 14. For more information visit skyscraper.org.