Cass Gilbert's Woolworth Building


Institutions with Collections Relating to the Woolworth Building

Woolworth Building Architectural Drawings, Collection 2015.0082.001. Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee. 
Partial gift of Gwen and Don Reiman, with additional acquisitions support provided by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Collections Fund, and the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities. 

Cass Gilbert Archive, Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2001:084 [P & P], Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington D.C.
A collection of ca. 2,739 unprocessed items, including roughly 80 drawings of the Woolworth Building
Catalogue entry at:

The Cass Gilbert Collection, PR 021, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.
Finding aid accessible at:

Media Sources Used for Website

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Woolworth Building Collection

Library of Congress

New York Historical Society

Museum of the City of New York

Book Cover Photo: Bowery Boys website, "The Woolworth Building at 100." 

Supplementary Reading

On the Woolworth Building:

Fenske, Gail. The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

The Woolworth Building @ 100. The Skyscraper Museum, New York. Exhibition and website created 2013.

On Cass Gilbert:

Christen, Barbara and Steven Flanders, editors. Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: Architect of the Public Domain. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001. 

Heilbrun, Margaret, editor. Inventing the Skyline: The Architecture of Cass GilbertNew York: Columbia University Press, 2000.

On Early Twentieth-Century New York City:

Landau, Sarah Bradford and Carl Condit. The Rise of the New York Skyscraper: 1865-1913. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.  Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. Exhibition on view April 7, 2017-August 20. 2017.