Historian and licensed guide (vice president of the Guides Assn. of NYC) Bob Gelber will give a virtual tour of “New York’s Woolworth Building & the Five-and-Dime Store Legacy.” His presentation is one of the Summer series of Tuesday Talks.
The Woolworth Building (1910-1913), located on Lower Broadway, was designed by the prominent Beaux Arts architect Cass Gilbert, and is considered one of the city’s most imposingly sited skyscrapers. Rising 792 feet, it soars with a combination of articulate Gothic architecture and massing to achieve drama.
The building represents Frank W. Woolworth’s success and wealth from creating the first five-and-dime stores in America and then worldwide. Gelber will discuss an overview of Woolworth and his bargain stores, why the building’s design was ahead of its time, a virtual look at the unique architectural details from its terracotta façade to its ornately marble-clothed lobby that has among others a sculpture of Woolworth counting nickels. Our guide will also show rare photos of off-limit areas.
After a 30-year career with the New York State Court System, Gelber has been guiding visitors throughout New York City, including as a staff guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as a volunteer at Open House NY.
The admission is $20 per person and available on Zoom only. To order visit https://ventfort06292021.eventbrite.com The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.