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Woolworth Rising: 1912

Woolworth Rising: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Woolworth Building under construction." Other Manhattan landmarks on view include City Hall Park and its post office, seen here a few days ago, the Singer Building and the twin cupolas of the Park Row Building. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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The Cathedral of Retail

Never realized how much the top floors of the main mass look like a church.

Horsepower

Compare this to the image of Detroit's Campus Martius from 1913, where automobiles greatly outnumber horse-drawn wagons and carriages.

One of my favorite parts?

The grand view of the dearly departed Singer Building. What a sight!

Timely Cost

The original cost was $13.5 million, paid in cash by Mr. Woolworth. The inflation calculator I use says that in 2010 that translates into $297,871,363. Today that would be a total bargain price.

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