2. Fire Hoses on the Roof

The abandoned pool, before renovation for the Woolworth Residences

The Woolworth Building was self-sustaining in many ways including having its own electrical power, heating and cooling, water supply, and fire protection systems. The now abandoned pool in the basement of the building contained a drain to allow the water to be used by the building’s fire prevention system and there were fire hoses on the roof. The machinery that allowed for the flow of all this water was located in the subterranean pump room of the building. The Woolworth Building’s pump is capable of delivering 500 gallons of water per minute at the fifty-eighth story.