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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Woolworth's western facade fully seen for last time

woolworth buildingtribecaThe demolition of the 1951 Moody's building at 99 Church Street has revealed, for the first time in 57 years, this unobstructed view of Cass Gilbert's neo-gothic design for the Woolworth Building's western facade. It is the site for a major new addition to the lower Manhattan skyline— Architect Robert A.M. Stern's design for the new, downtown, Four Seasons Hotel and condominium tower. The new skyscraper will rise on the construction site visible in the foreground and will eclipse this view forever. The new tower will be taller than the Woolworth, which was the world's tallest building when it was completed in 1913. Mr. Stern is working for World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein on this project. It's scheduled to open in 2011 around the time the World Trade Center Memorial will be completed.

photo note: this image was digitally adjusted to compensate for optical distortion.

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