1. Salamander Symbols in the Lobby

In the Woolworth Building lobby, if you look closely at the decorative detail of the gilded mailbox, you will find carvings  of salamanders slithering through the vines up the sides. In folklore, these lizard-like amphibians are believed to be fireproof and can even put out fires with their cold bodies and saliva. These real life creatures with mythical powers were woven into the design of the Woolworth’s ornate lobby reliefs to symbolize the building’s fireproof construction.

To see the Woolworth Building for yourself, join us on our upcoming VIP Tour!

VIP Tour of the Woolworth Building

Next, check out Daily What?! The Safety Deposit Graveyard and Bank Vault in The Woolworth Building