Events

We are pleased to announce that Lobby Access opportunities are now being made available to the public on a limited basis by reservation only. Please go to www.WoolworthTours.com for further information and to purchase tickets.

We would like to thank all who worked so hard to make Woolworth Week such an enormous success! If you would like more information about the Woolworth Building, Cass Gilbert, or to be notified if we are able to schedule any events in the future, please send us an email at Admin@Woolworth100.com

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Lecture by Gail Fenske <br />and Reception at  <br />AIA New York Chapter

Lecture by Gail Fenske
and Reception at
AIA New York Chapter

Monday April 22, 2013

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location:

American Institute of Architects - New York Chapter, Center for Architecture.
536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY.

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The Woolworth Building: The Making of a New York Landmark

When the Woolworth Building was completed in 1913, critics hailed Cass Gilbert’s design as a spectacular feat of engineering and wondrous Gothic tower. The highest skyscraper in the world, it secured the emblematic status of New York’s skyline as a “city of towers.” But the Woolworth Building’s fame as a landmark belies the differing aims of its architect, client, and builder, each of whom had a unique relationship to the city. How did Gilbert reconcile his vision for the Woolworth Building with that of his client, F. W. Woolworth, and builder, Louis Horowitz of the Thompson-Starrett Company, to create the artistic masterwork and exemplar of urbanity that we recognize today?


The kick-off to Woolworth Week will be a lecture by Gail Fenske, the Woolworth Building expert and noted author, whose book The Skyscraper & the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (University of Chicago Press, 2008) is the definitive source about Cass Gilbert’s iconic 1913 landmark which remained the tallest building in the world for 17 years.


As Cass Gilbert was a President of the American Institute of Architects, it is most fitting that we start the events of the week at their New York Chapter in the heart of Greenwich Village. A reception will follow the lecture.

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Guided Tours of <br />the Woolworth Building <br />Lobby

Guided Tours of
the Woolworth Building
Lobby

Monday April 22, 2013
11:00 - 11:45 am SOLD OUT
12:00 - 12:45 pm SOLD OUT
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Tuesday April 23, 2013
11:00 - 11:45 am SOLD OUT
12:00 - 12:45 pm SOLD OUT
1:00 - 1:45 pm Private Event
4:30 - 5:15 pm SOLD OUT
5:30 - 6:15 pm SOLD OUT


Location: Lobby of the Woolworth Building,
233 Broadway, New York, NY 10007


The magnificent Woolworth Building lobby, which is normally closed to the public, will be open for a rare opportunity to have a guided tour. Each tour will take approximately 40 minutes. Cameras allowed, but NO FLASHES.


Please arrive 15 minutes in advance.


No walk-ins will be allowed. Everyone must pre-register. Children under 12 are not permitted.

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Lower Manhattan  <br />Walking Tour  <br />led by Tony Robins

Lower Manhattan
Walking Tour
led by Tony Robins

Tuesday April 23, 2013


2:00 - 4:00 pm


Starting Location:
Outside the Broadway Chambers Building
277 Broadway
New York, NY 10007


Ending Location:
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Tickets are no longer available on the website, but you can purchase them at the start of the tour. Please bring $35 CASH. Thank you


Led by noted historian and professional tour guide, Tony Robins, this fascinating walking tour of Gilbert buildings in lower Manhattan will provide a contextual understanding of how Gilbert's work influenced the development of lower Manhattan.

Although Cass Gilbert established a national practice, with significant work in St. Paul, various state capitols and the U.S. Supreme Court, his career was also very much centered on New York City. Moreover, most of his important New York buildings are to be found Downtown, between the Civic Center and the financial district, making possible this Cass Gilbert Walking Tour.

On this walk we will visit five of those sites, including his three skyscrapers, the Broadway-Chambers Building, the Woolworth Building, and 90 West Street; his neo-classical jewel, the New York County Lawyers Association; and the staggeringly beautiful U.S. Custom House at Bowling Green. These buildings cover the range of Gilbert's time in New York, from the 1899-1900 Broadway-Chambers to the 1928-30 Lawyers Association. We will also take a small detour to see one non-Gilbert work: Liberty Tower (Henry Ives Cobb, 1909-1910), which is the only other New York City example, besides Woolworth, of a Gothic-inspired terra-cotta-clad skyscraper.


The tour will last approximately 2 hours and will be held rain or shine. Please arrive 10 minutes in advance.

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Skyscraper Museum  <br />Curators’ Talk <br />and Reception

Skyscraper Museum
Curators’ Talk
and Reception

Tuesday April 23, 2013

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location:
Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

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The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the centennial year of the Woolworth Building with the exhibition "THE WOOLWORTH BUILDING at 100" which examines the many dimensions of this iconic skyscraper’s achievements in advanced technology of engineering and construction through Cass Gilbert’s original sketches, office renderings, presentation drawings, blueprints, construction photographs, contracts and cost estimates. This comprehensive exhibition honors the building’s ambitions and architectural artistry including the design, artistic production, and installation of the tower’s extraordinary terra-cotta ornament.

Museum Director Carol Willis and guest co-curator Gail Fenske will speak during the Curator’s Talk at 6:45 pm.

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Guided Tour of the  <br />Essex County <br />Courthouse

Guided Tour of the
Essex County
Courthouse

Wednesday April 24, 2013

9:00 am - 12:00 Noon

Location:
Bus will depart and return to NYC, the exact location to be determined.

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Architectural historian and author of a monograph on Cass Gilbert, Sharon Irish will conduct a walking tour of three of Gilbert’s buildings in the historical core of Newark, across the Hudson River from New York City.

Shortly after Gilbert relocated to New York from Minnesota, he won the competition in 1901 for the design of Newark’s Essex County Courthouse. Opened in 1906, with exterior sculpture, interior murals, bronzework and a Tiffany glass dome, this modestly-sized marble building reveals Gilbert’s commitment to designing every detail, including the exterior approaches. We’ll go inside this jewel of a building that inspired an imitation for adjacent Hudson County’s courthouse.

Gilbert’s firm was responsible for other buildings in Newark as well—we’ll look at two that still remain nearby: the 12-story Kinney Building (1913-15; 1928), and the 1927 Gibraltar Building (formerly owned by the Prudential Insurance Company and now home to the Superior Court of New Jersey and other offices, after a 1997 renovation).

This tour is an opportunity to observe Gilbert’s practice at the beginning of the 20th century, in the teens, and toward the end of his career, and see both his commercial and monumental designs.

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Gilbert Drawings and<br /> Woolworth Bowl at <br />N-Y Historical Society

Gilbert Drawings and
Woolworth Bowl at
N-Y Historical Society

Wednesday April 24, 2013

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Location:
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

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The New-York Historical Society’s archives hold some of the most important original drawings, sketches, and documents of Cass Gilbert's professional career. Join us for this rare opportunity to view these with Marilyn Kushner, Ph. D., Curator and Head of the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. In addition, it will be an opportunity to view the extraordinary Tiffany silver punch bowl that Frank Woolworth designed and presented to Cass Gilbert at the banquet given in his honor upon the opening of The Woolworth Building on Wednesday, April 24, 1913, which the Historical Society has just acquired.


Please arrive by 3:20 pm so we all go in together.

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Centennial Celebration <br />Dinner at  <br />The Century Association

Centennial Celebration
Dinner at
The Century Association

Wednesday April 24, 2013

7:15 pm

Location:
The Century Association
7 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

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The centerpiece of Woolworth Week will be our Centennial Celebration Dinner in the Art Gallery of the Century Association’s 1891 Beaux Arts building designed by Stanford White. It will be exactly 100 years to the day after the one hosted by Frank Woolworth in honor of Cass Gilbert to mark the opening of his iconic landmark, and there will be a program of distinguished speakers befitting the occasion.

Speakers will include Steve Flanders, Paul Goldberger, and Hugh Hardy.

The Century Association is a private club of over two thousand authors, artists, and amateurs of letters and the fine arts. For the club’s purposes, “amateurs” are defined as men and women "of any occupation provided their breadth of interest and qualities of mind and imagination make them sympathetic, stimulating, and congenial companions in a society of authors and artists.” Cass Gilbert was proud to be a member and frequently dined there.

Jackets and ties are required, festive attire is suggested.

No walk-ins will be allowed. Everyone must pre-register. Children under 12 are not permitted.

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Day in Connecticut <br />Waterbury City Hall,  <br />Forum, & Keeler Tavern

Day in Connecticut
Waterbury City Hall,
Forum, & Keeler Tavern

Thursday April 25, 2013

9:00 am - approx 9:30 pm

Location:
Bus will depart and return to NYC, the exact location to be determined.

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This day trip will explore several buildings and sites designed or altered by Cass Gilbert in the central to southern Connecticut area, including the civic core of the “Brass City” (Waterbury) and an early 18th-century tavern in the hills of the southwestern part of the state (Ridgefield), to understand more fully the scope of Cass Gilbert’s work outside of New York City.

This day includes the following events:

  • Chartered bus from NYC to Waterbury, CT. Exact departure location to be determined.
  • Guided Tour of Buildings in Waterbury. We will arrive in Waterbury by late morning to visit the town where Cass Gilbert and his early mentors left their considerable mark on the civic landscape with works inspired from late medieval Italian and British Georgian sources. McKim, Mead & White’s Union Station (1909) and Olmsted Brothers Library Park (ca. 1920) will provide points of orientation before stops at Gilbert’s Lincoln House (beg. 1916) and Henry Sabin Chase Dispensary (1921-1923), where representatives of the Connecticut Community Foundation will welcome us. Waterbury National Bank (1920-1921) and its interior will be included before visiting the Chase Companies Headquarters (1916-1919) and ultimately, City Hall (1913-1915), the site of a fine restoration in 2010 by DeCarlo & Doll working with the Waterbury Development Corporation. Barbara S. Christen, an architectural historian who has published and lectured widely about Gilbert’s civic and planning work, will be leading the Waterbury tour.
  • Lunch at the Waterbury City Hall is included in the ticket price.
  • Forum Discussion: Preservation and Adaptive Reuse of Gilbert Buildings. Moderated by Barbara Christen, noted author and architectural historian. This forum discussion will be an opportunity for those representing restored buildings to share some of their experiences, and for those just embarking on restoration projects to share their visions, as well as some of their issues and concerns. Panelists will include Bob Grzywacz, Architect for the Waterbury City Hall restoration; Peter Levenson, Owner Developer of 90 West Street; Andrew Martelli, of The Waterbury Development Corporation; Nancy Stark, Executive Secretary of Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board in St. Paul; and Roy Suskin, the manager of The Woolworth Building.
  • Chartered bus from Waterbury to Ridgefield, CT.
  • Keeler Tavern Museum guided tour of Cass Gilbert’s summer home. Purchased by Gilbert in 1907, this structure was built circa 1713 and contains a cannonball from the Battle of Ridgefield in 1777 when it was fired upon by the British. Our tour of the museum will include items from their collection of Gilbert family memorabilia. After the tour we can cross the street to see the fountain designed by Gilbert as a gift to the Town of Ridgefield.
  • Dinner in the Garden House. We will then have dinner the Garden House which was built by Gilbert as a free-standing ballroom for parties and entertaining overlooking the sunken, brick-walled, rose garden he designed for his wife Julia who was an avid gardener and President of the Garden Club of America.
  • Chartered bus will return to New York City by approximately 9:30pm. Exact drop off location to be determined.
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    Forum on Preservation  <br />and Adaptive Reuse<br />of Gilbert Buildings

    Forum on Preservation
    and Adaptive Reuse
    of Gilbert Buildings

    Thursday April 25, 2013

    2:00 - 3:30 pm

    Location:
    Waterbury City Hall
    235 Grand Street
    Waterbury, CT. 06702

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    This Forum focusing on the preservation and adaptive reuse of Gilbert buildings will provide an opportunity for those representing completed Gilbert projects to share some of their experiences, and for those in the midst of a restoration to share their visions, as well as some of their issues and concerns.

    Moderated by:

    Barbara Christen, an architectural historian who specializes in the history of Cass Gilbert’s architectural work will be the moderator for this Forum.

    The panelists will include:

    Bob Grzywacz, Architect for the Waterbury City Hall restoration.
    Peter Levenson, Owner Developer, 90 West Street, New York, NY
    Andrew Martelli, The Waterbury Development Corporation, Waterbury, CT
    Nancy Stark, Executive Secretary, Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, St. Paul, MN
    Roy Suskin, Manager, The Woolworth Building, New York, NY

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    Keeler Tavern Museum          Tour and Dinner      in the Garden House

    Keeler Tavern Museum Tour and Dinner in the Garden House

    Thursday April 25, 2013

    5:00 - 8:00 pm

    Location:
    Keeler Tavern
    132 Main Street
    Ridgefield, CT 06877

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    Join us for a tour of the historic Keeler Tavern Museum, Gilbert’s summer home in Ridgefield, CT.

    Originally built around 1713 as a private house and tavern, the building was fired upon by British forces in the Battle of Ridgefield on April 27, 1777. A cannonball from that battle is still visable today, lodged in the wall of the building. Cass Gilbert purchased the property in 1907 as his summer home. In 1965 the Keeler Tavern Preservation Society purchased the property and turned it into a museum. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

    We will have a guided tour of the museum and some of their collection of Gilbert family memorabilia. After the tour we can cross the street to see the fountain designed by Gilbert as a gift to the Town of Ridgefield. We will then have dinner in the Garden House which was built by Gilbert as a ballroom for parties and special occasions overlooking the sunken, brick-walled, rose garden he designed for his wife Julia who was an avid gardener and President of the Garden Club of America. This will be the finale to Woolworth Week.

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    Thurgood Marshall <br /> Courthouse<br /> Self-guided Tour

    Thurgood Marshall
    Courthouse
    Self-guided Tour

    Tuesday April 23, 2013

    5:30 - 8:00 pm

    Location:
    Thurgood Marshall Courthouse
    40 Foley Square
    New York, NY 10007

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    The Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse will be open for self-guided tours to view the recent renovations. This is an extremely rare opportunity to view one of Cass Gilbert’s last design projects, as portions of the building are not usually open to the public.

    Visitors are welcome to arrive anytime between 5:30 and 8:00 pm for this event, which is similar to an Open House, with docents available to answer questions in the various rooms that will available for viewing, including the main hall, which spans the width of the building along its principal elevation. Twenty-nine feet in height, it has elaborate molding, and richly ornamental bronze work which surrounds many of the interior doors, including those of the elevators.

    This Classical Revival building was designed by Cass Gilbert and his son, Cass Gilbert, Jr. It houses the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The courthouse was originally known as the Foley Square Courthouse and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (as U.S. Courthouse) on September 2, 1987. In 2001, the United States Congress passed a bill renaming the building in honor of Thurgood Marshall, who had worked at the courthouse from 1961 to 1965 as a judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals before later being elevated to the Supreme Court of the United States.

    NO PHOTOGRAPHY OR VIDEO WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE OF THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COURTHOUSE.

    Note: Those who are planning to attend our reception and Curator’s talk at the Skyscraper Museum that same evening, will be able to do both if they arrive at the Courthouse on time at 5:30.

    This tour is free of charge, but pre-registration is required, and all visitors must provide their names and will be required to pass through security to enter the building.

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    Waterbury Walking Tour, Lunch, and Forum

    Waterbury Walking Tour, Lunch, and Forum

    Thursday 4/24/13

    11:00am - 3:30pm

    Starting Location:
    Meet in front of The Connecticut Community Foundation Building
    43 Field Street,
    Waterbury, CT 06702

    Ending Location:
    Waterbury City Hall
    235 Grand Street
    Waterbury, CT 06702

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    Noted architectural historian and author, Barbara Christen, will be leading a walking tour of 5 magnificent buildings designed by Cass Gilbert in Waterbury, Connecticut. After the walking tour we will have a light lunch which is included in the price of this event, and then we will attend the Forum on Preservation and Adaptive Reuse of Gilbert Buildings.

    The price of this event includes the walking tour, lunch, and the Forum.

    The walking tour will commence with meeting representatives of the Connecticut Community Foundation providing an orientation to the Cass Gilbert buildings in Waterbury. We will then visit the Cass Gilbert Lincoln House (beg. 1916) and Henry Sabin Chase Dispensary (1921-1923) and then proceed on to the Waterbury National Bank (1920-1921) and its interior before visiting the Chase Companies Headquarters (1916-1919) and ultimately, City Hall (1913-1915), the site of a fine restoration in 2010 by DeCarlo & Doll working with the Waterbury Development Corporation.

    Sandwiches as a light lunch will be provided as part of the tour after seeing the Waterbury City Hall.

    This event will then conclude with attendance at the Forum on the Preservation and Adaptive Reuse of Gilbert Buildings which will provide an opportunity for those representing completed Gilbert projects to share some of their experiences, and for those in the midst of a restoration to share their visions, as well as some of their issues and concerns. For more information about the Forum, click here.

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