For National Skyscraper Day this week, you won't have to travel far. You can get a private tour of one of the city's most famous buildings—the Woolworth Building. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Anyway you look at it, the exterior of the Woolworth Building is spectacular. For a full 17 years after is was built in 1913, it stood as the city's tallest skyscraper.
Now, a year since celebrating its centennial, visitors are getting an insiders look at the grand lobby in 30-to-90 minute guided & private tours.
"It is the most magnificent building in the world," says visitor Gayle Wagner. "It is as good as some of the major cathedrals in Europe. It's just breathtaking."
One area of the grand lobby that offers exclusive viewing opportunities and hidden details is the mezzanine.
Helen Post-Curry is the great granddaughter of architect Cass Gilbert, who was commissioned by Frank W. Woolworth to build this ornate headquarters for his five-and-ten-cent empire.
"You look up at the light fixture above the elevator you will see W's in the metal work that hold the two bulbs together, and these little details take a lot of looking," Post-Curry says.
The ceiling is a masterpiece, best viewed from the mezzanine.
"Well you can see it better from there than anyplace else because you are, of course, higher. You are nearer. All the mosaics are glass. They are of byzantine design," Post-Curry explains.
Ninety minute tours on the weekends include an elevator ride up to the mezzanine, but on Sept 3, there will be a special 75 minute version to honor this National historic and New York City landmark on none other than National Skyscraper Day.
"I think its fun to have a skyscraper in the family so to speak that we are so proud to be a part of," Post-Curry says.