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The skyscraper and the city : the Woolworth Building and the making of modern New York

Author: Gail Fenske
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gail Fenske shows here that the Woolworth Building's multiplicity of meanings reflected the cultural contradictions that defined New York City's modernity. For Frank Woolworth - founder of the famous five-and-dime store chain - the building served as a towering trademark; for advocates of the City Beautiful movement it suggested a majestic hotel de ville; for technological enthusiasts it represented the boldest of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Cass Gilbert; Frank Winfield Woolworth; Frank W Woolworth; Cass Gilbert; Frank Winfield Woolworth
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gail Fenske
ISBN: 9780226241418 0226241416 1878271466 9781878271464 1878271458 9781878271457
OCLC Number: 156785044
Description: xii, 400 p., 12 p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: Woolworth's skyscraper --
Woolworth, modernity, and the city --
Gilbert's beaux-arts skyscrapers --
Designing the Woolworth building --
A record-breaking feat of modern construction --
The skyscraper as a "city" --
The Woolworth building and modern New York --
Appendix 1 : F.W. Woolworth and company stores, 1910 --
Appendix 2 : F.W. Woolworth company stores, 1912.
Responsibility: Gail Fenske.
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