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Inside the Byzantine and Romanesque Woolworth building

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

After decades of chasing away the curious who sought to marvel at the iconic Woolworth building's interior of intricate carved wood moldings and Grecian marble walls and staircase, the building's owners opened its doors in April to privately scheduled tours for the first time since 1941.

Exterior of the Woolworth Building, center, in Manhattan.
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Exterior of the Woolworth Building, center, in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. (August
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. (August 14, 2013). After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours.

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. (August 14, 2013). After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours.

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. (August 14, 2013). After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours.

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Detail of a likeness of Cass Gilbert, the
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail of a likeness of Cass Gilbert, the architect who designed in Woolworth Building, located in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Stained glass mosaic in lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

The lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. (August 14, 2013). After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours.

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

Detail in the lobby of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan. After several decades of being closed to the public the lobby has been opened for tours. (Aug. 14, 2013)

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