Woolworth Building


233 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Cass Gilbert

BUILT 1913

RESTORED BY Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners



First floor interior consisting of:
● Entrance vestibule
● Entrance lobby hallway
● Intersecting elevator hallways
● Lobby extending from the entrance lobby hallway
● Staircases extending from the entrance lobby hallway to the mezzanine (second floor) level
Mezzanine (second floor) level interior consisting of:
● Upper part of the entrance lobby hallway and the lobby up to and including the ceiling
● Elevator hallways
Fixtures and interior components of these spaces, including but not limited to, wall and ceiling surfaces, floor surfaces, doors, elevator doors, carvings, mosaics, sculpture, murals, grilles, transom grilles, stained glass skylight, directory boards, mailboxes, wall clock, railings, and lobby shop window enframents


Excerpt from Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report:

“The Commission further finds that, among its important qualities, the Woolworth Building contains one of the finest skyscraper interiors in New York and one of the most significant nationwide; that this interior was designed by Cass Gilbert, one of the most important architects to have worked in New York and one of the most prominent architects of his era; that it is an extraordinary Gothic-style design joining an arcade with a marble staircase hall; that it is an excellent and well-executed programmatic design, illustrated with attributes of commerce, of the Woolworth Company, and of the people involved in the building’s construction; that the building and its interior were created as a monument to Frank W. Woolworth and to the Woolworth “5. and 10” stores, which had become an American institution; that the design of the interior combined the spatial and symbolic requirements of Woolworth and of the Irving National Bank with Cass Gilbert’s conception of the appropriate decoration for public spaces, which he believed should be treated as a public monument; that in size, richness and conception the interior was unprecedented in New York skyscrapers; and that as a skyscraper interior it has rarely been equalled since, in New York or elsewhere.”

LPC Designation Reports