7. The Top of the Woolworth Building Was Layered with Gold Leaf
Roy tells us that it was relatively inexpensive to do something seemingly so grand, as gold can spread thinly and cover over a large surface area. Nonetheless, with the elements, the gold leaf is long gone. The mezzanine mosaics, however, are decorated in glass tesserae and are in great shape.
Get tickets to our next Untapped Cities Woolworth Building tour, led by the building architect Cass Gilbert’s great granddaughter: