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Thanks to generous grants from the Leon Levy Foundation, the Wurts Brothers Collection is now available online. This collection gives visual life to the growth of New York’s built environment in the 20th century. The studio, founded by brothers Norman and Lionel Wurts, was one of the first to specialize in architectural photography. Over the years (1895-1965), the Wurts Brothers Company developed a clientele of architects, developers, and contractors—from Cass Gilbert to Otis Elevator—photographing buildings and their interiors as well as vast numbers of street views. Their technique was impeccable, producing crisp images, rich in detail, and the longevity of the firm and its distinctive approach provides a cohesive vision of the city and its changes over nearly 100 years. They brought the same keen eye to the Woolworth building that they brought to Idlewild Airport.
Seventh to Lenox Ave. [Central Park.]

Seventh to Lenox Ave. [Central Park.]


Eighth to Seventh Ave [Central Park.]

Eighth to Seventh Ave [Central Park.]


Harlem Meer, Central Park. View looking north toward West 110th Street and Lenox Avenue

Harlem Meer, Central Park. View looking north toward West 110th Street and Lenox Avenue


Queensboro Bridge. Upper road and towers. Construction view

Queensboro Bridge. Upper road and towers. Construction view


270 Broadway at Chambers Street. Chemical National Bank. Interior

270 Broadway at Chambers Street. Chemical National Bank. Interior


[Unidentified street with building proposal drawn in.]

[Unidentified street with building proposal drawn in.]


37 Broad Street. Lee-Higginson, bankers. Interior

37 Broad Street. Lee-Higginson, bankers. Interior


Lenox to Fifth Ave. [Looking southeast over Central Park.]

Lenox to Fifth Ave. [Looking southeast over Central Park.]


Seventh to Lenox Ave. [Looking northwest from Harlem Meer in Central Park.]

Seventh to Lenox Ave. [Looking northwest from Harlem Meer in Central Park.]


Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side

Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side


Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side

Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side


Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side

Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side


Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side

Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Park. Future site of George Washington Bridge, Manhattan side


12-18 West 72nd Street. Oliver Cromwell Hotel. Keystone to entrance arch

12-18 West 72nd Street. Oliver Cromwell Hotel. Keystone to entrance arch


51 Broadway. Wells Fargo Building

51 Broadway. Wells Fargo Building


51 Broadway. Wells Fargo Building. Entrance

51 Broadway. Wells Fargo Building. Entrance


Decorations of Park Ave Hotel Entrance Promenade. Ritz Tower. Emery Roth Archt

Decorations of Park Ave Hotel Entrance Promenade. Ritz Tower. Emery Roth Archt


Decorations of Ceiling of 57th St Restaurant Promenade. Ritz Tower 57th St and Park Ave

Decorations of Ceiling of 57th St Restaurant Promenade. Ritz Tower 57th St and Park Ave


465 Park Avenue. Ritz Tower. Artist rendering of mural.

465 Park Avenue. Ritz Tower. Artist rendering of mural.


View of Ritz Tower from Central Park

View of Ritz Tower from Central Park


Eighteen-story building with dome. Artist rendering

Eighteen-story building with dome. Artist rendering


[Plan for ceiling fixtures and wall brackets in the dining room of the Ritz Tower, 465 Park Avenue.]

[Plan for ceiling fixtures and wall brackets in the dining room of the Ritz Tower, 465 Park Avenue.]


[Unidentified apartment building.]

[Unidentified apartment building.]


East 26th Street and Madison Avenue. Old Madison Square Garden. View from park

East 26th Street and Madison Avenue. Old Madison Square Garden. View from park


East 56th Street and Park Avenue. Arthur Brisbane Building

East 56th Street and Park Avenue. Arthur Brisbane Building


Birds eye view looking south on Fifth Avenue from 38th Street roof of Lord and Taylor

Birds eye view looking south on Fifth Avenue from 38th Street roof of Lord and Taylor


Birds eye view of Central Park from East 76th Street and Fifth Avenue

Birds eye view of Central Park from East 76th Street and Fifth Avenue


1463 Broadway. Brokaw Brothers clothing store

1463 Broadway. Brokaw Brothers clothing store


[Rendering of a commercial building.]

[Rendering of a commercial building.]


14 Wall Street. Commercial building [Bankers Trust Company Building.]

14 Wall Street. Commercial building [Bankers Trust Company Building.]


Corn Exchange Bank, Harlem Branch

Corn Exchange Bank, Harlem Branch

Possibly at the intersection of Lenox Avenue and West 125th Street.

Bowling Green Building #11 Broadway N.Y.C.

Bowling Green Building #11 Broadway N.Y.C.


Mr. Alden, automobile. In front of [residence.]

Mr. Alden, automobile. In front of [residence.]


View Looking South Through Twenty-third St. Showing Entrance to #105 Twenty-third St. on Right-hand Side and Proximity of Same to Playground at Corner. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, L.I.

View Looking South Through Twenty-third St. Showing Entrance to #105 Twenty-third St. on Right-hand Side and Proximity of Same to Playground at Corner. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, L.I.

11:59 AM

View Looking North Through 23rd St. Indicating Entrance to No. 105 Twenty-third St. on Left Hand Side and No. 138 on Right-Hand Side

View Looking North Through 23rd St. Indicating Entrance to No. 105 Twenty-third St. on Left Hand Side and No. 138 on Right-Hand Side

11:51 AM

Stairs From Rear Garden to Court-Way Behind Nos. 132 & 138 Twenty-third St. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, L.I.

Stairs From Rear Garden to Court-Way Behind Nos. 132 & 138 Twenty-third St. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, L.I.

11:18 AM

General View from Gardens Showing Rear Court Behind Nos. 132 & 138 Twenty-third Street. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, L.I.

General View from Gardens Showing Rear Court Behind Nos. 132 & 138 Twenty-third Street. Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, L.I.

11:32 AM

1 Broadway. Washington Building

1 Broadway. Washington Building


233 Broadway. Woolworth Building. Interior, cutler mailbox in entrance hall

233 Broadway. Woolworth Building. Interior, cutler mailbox in entrance hall


220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, gears on separate machine

220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, gears on separate machine


220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, carriage off detail back

220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, carriage off detail back


220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, carriage off detail front

220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, carriage off detail front


220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, pulley off detail

220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, pulley off detail


Westbury. Roosevelt Raceways. Vanderbilt Race. Winner, B. Rosemeyer

Westbury. Roosevelt Raceways. Vanderbilt Race. Winner, B. Rosemeyer


Westbury. Roosevelt Raceways. Vanderbilt Race. Winner, B. Rosemeyer.

Westbury. Roosevelt Raceways. Vanderbilt Race. Winner, B. Rosemeyer.


Modern apartment, drawing by Salo

Modern apartment, drawing by Salo


Duck for fountain, taken for Lead Magazine

Duck for fountain, taken for Lead Magazine


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Ringling Brothers Circus. Grand horse ring

Ringling Brothers Circus. Grand horse ring


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Marionette exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Shadow puppet exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Shadow puppet exhibition


Cooper Union Museum. Shadow puppet exhibition

Cooper Union Museum. Shadow puppet exhibition


Group of view at Cooper Union Museum, puppets and marionettes on exhibition; close-ups of puppets; shadow pictures, etc.; general views of groups

Group of view at Cooper Union Museum, puppets and marionettes on exhibition; close-ups of puppets; shadow pictures, etc.; general views of groups


30 Rockefeller Plaza. RCA Building. Interior, travel agency

30 Rockefeller Plaza. RCA Building. Interior, travel agency


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