Originally commissioned by retail magnate Frank Woolworth and built by Cass Gilbert in 1913, the Woolworth Tower is one of New York’s most iconic and beloved skyscrapers. Inspired by Gothic churches and nicknamed “the Cathedral of Commerce,” the building was officially declared a New York City landmark in 1983. In 2015, Alchemy Properties undertook the painstaking renovation of the structure, carefully replicating and reglazing the terra-cotta details on the facade, restoring the coffered ceiling panels from Frank Woolworth’s private office for the residential lobby, and converting the upper half of the building into condominium residences. Renowned designer Thierry Despont thoughtfully preserved prewar layouts and original details while adding modern fixtures and amenities. The crown jewel is the five-story penthouse inside the building’s copper-clad pinnacle.
Developed By Alchemy Properties
BrokerSotheby's International Realty
The goal for the renovation of the Woolworth Tower by Thierry Despont SLCE Architects was simple: restoration. The actual process, however, was not so simple. Terra-cotta tiles were replaced and recolored according to the original palette; the coffered ceilings from Woolworth’s office on the 40th floor were cleaned, reinforced, and moved to the lobby; and the original vision of a subterranean Pompeiian-style swimming pool was finally realized. All in all, the process took five years to complete.
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Known for cobblestone streets and waterfront views, Tribeca was once part of a parcel of land given by Queen Anne of England to Trinity Church. Today, the neighborhood, named for its location in the “Triangle below Canal Street,” is quiet and inviting, with a restaurant scene that includes local institutions like the Odeon and Bubby’s, and ample outdoor space in the Hudson River Park and Washington Market Park. Off the beaten path, the petite Mmuseumm displays objects that tell the story of life today, and every spring, the Tribeca Film Festival draws filmmakers, actors, and artists to the neighborhood.
The condominium tower’s 32 residences are located on the top 30 floors, affording all units, which range in size from one bedroom to five bedrooms, near-360-degree vistas and plenty of natural light. Legendary designer Thierry Despont took full advantage of both features via lofty ceilings, arched windows, and open-plan layouts. Additional details of note include smart lighting and window treatments, heated floors, and all-white kitchens with Calacatta marble countertops and custom Dada cabinetry.
One of the main attractions of the Woolworth Tower is the chance to live in a landmark building with unparalleled views of Downtown New York. But this historic skyscraper doesn’t rest on its laurels. The 29th and 30th floors are dedicated to an entertainment and gaming area dubbed “the Gilbert Lounge” (after the original architect) and a fitness studio with top-of-the-line cardio and conditioning equipment. Underground amenities include a private wine cellar and a 50-foot lap pool.
- 24hr Doorman
- Fitness Center
- Swimming Pool
- Wine Storage
- Wine Tasting Room
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Exteriors of brick, glass, and metal recall the neighborhood’s printing-house architecture, while loft-like residences marry aged wood and patina-finished steel with marble and white lacquer for a vibe that is at once warm and modern. This is luxury, LEED-certified living in the heart of Downtown Manhattan.