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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.
35 Nassau Street. Hanan & Sons, interior toward show windows.

35 Nassau Street. Hanan & Sons, interior toward show windows.


Hotel St. Regis, lounge room.

Hotel St. Regis, lounge room.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


481 Hudson Street. St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Chapel, altar view.

481 Hudson Street. St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Chapel, altar view.


West 25th Street. Trinity Chapel altar.

West 25th Street. Trinity Chapel altar.


Park Avenue at the N.E. corner of East 54th Street. Apartment house.

Park Avenue at the N.E. corner of East 54th Street. Apartment house.


667 Madison Avenue. William A. DuBois apartment, drawing room.

667 Madison Avenue. William A. DuBois apartment, drawing room.


667 Madison Avenue. W.A. DuBois apartment, library.

667 Madison Avenue. W.A. DuBois apartment, library.


667 Madison Avenue. William A. DuBois apartment, dining room.

667 Madison Avenue. William A. DuBois apartment, dining room.


667 Madison Avenue. William A. DuBois apartment, bedroom.

667 Madison Avenue. William A. DuBois apartment, bedroom.


35-36 Washington Square West. The Holley Apartment Hotel.

35-36 Washington Square West. The Holley Apartment Hotel.


120 Broadway. The New Equitable Building.

120 Broadway. The New Equitable Building.


489 5th Avenue. McVickar Gaillard Realty Co.

489 5th Avenue. McVickar Gaillard Realty Co.


35-38 Mt. Morris Park West. The Montana Apartment House.

35-38 Mt. Morris Park West. The Montana Apartment House.


Detention Hospital, Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum.

Detention Hospital, Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum.


667 Madison Avenue. W.A. DuBois residence, Parlor.

667 Madison Avenue. W.A. DuBois residence, Parlor.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


61 East 11th Street. Loft Building.

61 East 11th Street. Loft Building.


502-504 West 177th Street. The Amsterdam Apartment House.

502-504 West 177th Street. The Amsterdam Apartment House.


Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets. Altar at St. Paul's Chapel.

Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets. Altar at St. Paul's Chapel.


41 East 65th Street. Benson Bennett Sloan residence, view in drawing room.

41 East 65th Street. Benson Bennett Sloan residence, view in drawing room.


41 East 65th Street. Benson Bennett Sloan residence, guest bedroom.

41 East 65th Street. Benson Bennett Sloan residence, guest bedroom.


Broadway and Wall Street. Trinity Church altar.

Broadway and Wall Street. Trinity Church altar.


445-448 Riverside Drive. Stadium and Shore View Apartment Houses.

445-448 Riverside Drive. Stadium and Shore View Apartment Houses.


Broadway between Barclay Street and Park Place. Woolworth Building, detail of entrance.

Broadway between Barclay Street and Park Place. Woolworth Building, detail of entrance.


Woolworth Building. Entrance hall toward Irving National Bank.

Woolworth Building. Entrance hall toward Irving National Bank.


Woolworth Building. Detail of grilles in entrance hall.

Woolworth Building. Detail of grilles in entrance hall.


Woolworth Building. Hall looking toward entrance.

Woolworth Building. Hall looking toward entrance.


Woolworth Building. Detail of ornamental ceiling.

Woolworth Building. Detail of ornamental ceiling.


Woolworth Building. Rathskellar.

Woolworth Building. Rathskellar.


Times Building, hall, Cutler mailbox.

Times Building, hall, Cutler mailbox.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


37 East 49th Street. Charles P. Latting residence, parlor.

37 East 49th Street. Charles P. Latting residence, parlor.


Church of Notre Dame L'Eglise de Notre-Dame, pencil rendering.

Church of Notre Dame L'Eglise de Notre-Dame, pencil rendering.


521 Park Avenue. Mrs. Albert H. Wiggin's apartment, dining room.

521 Park Avenue. Mrs. Albert H. Wiggin's apartment, dining room.


Mrs. Squier's apartment, dining room.

Mrs. Squier's apartment, dining room.


St. Thomas Church, general interior.

St. Thomas Church, general interior.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


410 Park Avenue. Apartment house,  watercolor rendering.

410 Park Avenue. Apartment house, watercolor rendering.


West 42nd Street. Stern Bros. Store.

West 42nd Street. Stern Bros. Store.


Riverside Drive at the corner of West 98th Street. The Peter Stuyvesant apartment building, lobby.

Riverside Drive at the corner of West 98th Street. The Peter Stuyvesant apartment building, lobby.


St. Thomas Church, interior.

St. Thomas Church, interior.


20 Union Square East and 15th Street. Union Square Savings Bank, last view.

20 Union Square East and 15th Street. Union Square Savings Bank, last view.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, detail of South entrance.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, detail of South entrance.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, general interior toward altar.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, general interior toward altar.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, general interior toward entrance.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, general interior toward entrance.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, detail of organ from balcony.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, detail of organ from balcony.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, chantry interior.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Church, chantry interior.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, view through north aisle at small organ.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, view through north aisle at small organ.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, Sunday School room.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, Sunday School room.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, sacristy toward door.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, sacristy toward door.


53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, detail of lock in sactristy.

53rd Street and 5th Avenue. St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church, detail of lock in sactristy.


56th Street at the S.E. corner of 5th Avenue. Hotel Langdon.

56th Street at the S.E. corner of 5th Avenue. Hotel Langdon.


Broadway at the S.E. corner of West 98th Street. Borchardt Apartment House, entrance hall.

Broadway at the S.E. corner of West 98th Street. Borchardt Apartment House, entrance hall.


Riverside Drive at the N.E. corner of West 99th Street. Hall, interior.

Riverside Drive at the N.E. corner of West 99th Street. Hall, interior.


Broadway, at the S.E. corner of West 100th Street. Allenhurst Apartment House, entrance hall.

Broadway, at the S.E. corner of West 100th Street. Allenhurst Apartment House, entrance hall.


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