After being closed more than a decade, the Woolworth Building lobby is open once again to visitors. A variety of tours now permit New Yorkers and visitors to get a look at one of the city’s most sumptuous commercial interiors. There will be a tour for every taste – the basic 15-minute quick in-and-out peek, a more leisurely 45-minute tour, and a 90-minute “deluxe” tour, which will include a detailed look at the building’s unmatched polychromatic terra-cotta exterior, and an in-depth exploration of the lobby and its wealth of ornament, including hidden corners and staircases — plus a special visit to the mezzanine level for an up-close view of its extraordinary mosaic ceiling. Helen Post Curry, great-granddaughter of Woolworth Building architect Cass Gilbert, has asked me to lead the 90-minute tours, scheduled twice a month, beginning on Sunday July 28th at 2:00 p.m. Follow this link to sign up.
My own connection to the Woolworth Building and its lobby goes back to my time at the New York Landmarks Commission in the 1980s and ’90s, (more…)