Available is a Pot Metal Woolworth Building Tray. As shown in the pictures the tray is copyrighted in 1911 and was made in Japan. The copyright date is very interesting. The Woolworth Building was not completed until 1914. This tray may have been an early piece to show what the finished building would eventually look like. The tray has the original age patina and has not been cleaned. The length is 8 1/4 and it is 3 1/2 wide. The building is embossed into the metal. This is a nice early piece of Americana history. We spent much time researching the tray and found very few exist in the marketplace today. Below is a little history on the building.
The Woolworth Building was designed in the neo-Gothic style by the architect Cass Gilbert, whom Frank Woolworth commissioned in 1910 to design a 20-story office building [ as the F. W. Woolworth Company's new corporate headquarters on Broadway, between Park Place and Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan, opposite City Hall. Originally designed to be 420 feet high, the building was eventually elevated to 792 feet. At its opening, the Woolworth Building was 60 stories tall and had over 5,000 windows. The construction cost was US$13.5 million. With Irving National Exchange Bank Woolworth set up the Broadway-Park Place Company to finance the building, but by May 1914, had purchased all of the shares from the bank, thus owning the building outright. On completion, the Woolworth building topped the record set by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower as the world's tallest building.
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