Ajax loader
Wurts Bros.


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.
56th Street and Fifth Avenue. Stewart and Company

56th Street and Fifth Avenue. Stewart and Company


321 5th Avenue. Kohn Building.

321 5th Avenue. Kohn Building.


Phillips house, detail of bookcase in library.

Phillips house, detail of bookcase in library.


810 5th Avenue. Mrs. G. Amsinck residence, dining room.

810 5th Avenue. Mrs. G. Amsinck residence, dining room.


810 5th Avenue. Mrs. G. Amsinck residence, dining room, detail of mantel.

810 5th Avenue. Mrs. G. Amsinck residence, dining room, detail of mantel.


135 Central Park West. Langham Apartments, Mr. J.B. Greenhut's apartment dining room.

135 Central Park West. Langham Apartments, Mr. J.B. Greenhut's apartment dining room.


135 Central Park West. Langham Apartments, Mr. J.B. Greenhut's apartment salon.

135 Central Park West. Langham Apartments, Mr. J.B. Greenhut's apartment salon.


1082 5th Avenue. Phillips residence, top floor front bedroom.

1082 5th Avenue. Phillips residence, top floor front bedroom.


175 West 72nd Street. Van Dyck Apartments, A.B. Gwathmey [Jr.?] apartment, interior looking toward dining room.

175 West 72nd Street. Van Dyck Apartments, A.B. Gwathmey [Jr.?] apartment, interior looking toward dining room.


Woolworth Building, watercolor rendering by Hughson Hawley.

Woolworth Building, watercolor rendering by Hughson Hawley.


618 5th Avenue. Equitable Trust Co., 5th Avenue Branch, interior.

618 5th Avenue. Equitable Trust Co., 5th Avenue Branch, interior.


618 5th Avenue.. Equitable Trust Co., 5th Ave. branch, interior.

618 5th Avenue.. Equitable Trust Co., 5th Ave. branch, interior.


1082 5th Avenue. Phillips house, guest chamber.

1082 5th Avenue. Phillips house, guest chamber.


5th Avenue Building, arcade interior.

5th Avenue Building, arcade interior.


32 West 40th Street. Engineers Club dining room.

32 West 40th Street. Engineers Club dining room.


5th Avenue. H. Payne Whitney residence, kitchen.

5th Avenue. H. Payne Whitney residence, kitchen.


1961 Broadway at the corner of West 66th Street. Hotel Marie Antoinette.

1961 Broadway at the corner of West 66th Street. Hotel Marie Antoinette.


West 56th Street and 7th Avenue. Carnegie Studio Building, 56th Street end.

West 56th Street and 7th Avenue. Carnegie Studio Building, 56th Street end.


West 104th Street. Christ M.E. Church interior.

West 104th Street. Christ M.E. Church interior.


Union Dime Savings Bank.  Officers' room.

Union Dime Savings Bank. Officers' room.


5th Avenue. J.J. Astor residence, bronze grille doors.

5th Avenue. J.J. Astor residence, bronze grille doors.


Trinity Cemetery, New York. Audubon monument.

Trinity Cemetery, New York. Audubon monument.


Building, rendering by Hughson Hawley, 1910.

Building, rendering by Hughson Hawley, 1910.


69th Street and Central Park West. The Brentmore Apartments.

69th Street and Central Park West. The Brentmore Apartments.


440 Riverside Drive. The Paterno Apartments House.

440 Riverside Drive. The Paterno Apartments House.


West 81st Street. J.R. Bremner Co. residence, library interior.

West 81st Street. J.R. Bremner Co. residence, library interior.


68 East 56th Street. General exterior.

68 East 56th Street. General exterior.


535 5th Avenue. Simcox Building.

535 5th Avenue. Simcox Building.


[Interior of a saloon.]

[Interior of a saloon.]


B. Altman residence, art galleries.

B. Altman residence, art galleries.


Steneck Banking Co., interior.

Steneck Banking Co., interior.


17-19-21 Terminal Warehouse, view of fire.

17-19-21 Terminal Warehouse, view of fire.


Turniore house, mantel in dining room.

Turniore house, mantel in dining room.


Park Avenue at the corner of East 54th Street. Apartment house, watercolor rendering.

Park Avenue at the corner of East 54th Street. Apartment house, watercolor rendering.


Proposed manufacturing buildings, watercolor rendering.

Proposed manufacturing buildings, watercolor rendering.


17 East 70th Street. A.W. Krech house, music hall, 2nd floor.

17 East 70th Street. A.W. Krech house, music hall, 2nd floor.


17 East 70th Street. A.W. Krech house, drawing room.

17 East 70th Street. A.W. Krech house, drawing room.


Nine-story building, pencil rendering by [T.W.?] Cross.

Nine-story building, pencil rendering by [T.W.?] Cross.


993 5th Avenue. Hugo Reisinger residence, front.

993 5th Avenue. Hugo Reisinger residence, front.


993 5th Avenue. H. Reisinger residence, boys' room.

993 5th Avenue. H. Reisinger residence, boys' room.


993 5th Avenue. H. Reisinger residence, den.

993 5th Avenue. H. Reisinger residence, den.


993 5th Avenue. H. Reisinger residence, Mrs. R.'s room.

993 5th Avenue. H. Reisinger residence, Mrs. R.'s room.


135-142 West 37th Street.

135-142 West 37th Street.


Gas oven in Hollander's Baths.

Gas oven in Hollander's Baths.


Woolworth Building.  Arcade, pencil rendering.

Woolworth Building. Arcade, pencil rendering.


6 East 56th Street.

6 East 56th Street.


481 Hudson Street. St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Chapel, Trinity Parish, interior.

481 Hudson Street. St. Luke's Protestant Episcopal Chapel, Trinity Parish, interior.


76th St. at the S.E. corner of Park Avenue. Apartment House.

76th St. at the S.E. corner of Park Avenue. Apartment House.


Park Avenue. Residence, watercolor rendering.

Park Avenue. Residence, watercolor rendering.


49-51 West 23rd Street. General exterior.

49-51 West 23rd Street. General exterior.


5th Avenue and West 42nd Street. New York Public Library, urn [at the] front.

5th Avenue and West 42nd Street. New York Public Library, urn [at the] front.


5th Avenue and West 42nd Street. New York Public Library, fountain in rear.

5th Avenue and West 42nd Street. New York Public Library, fountain in rear.


5th Avenue and West 42nd Street. New York Public Library, Bryant Memorial in rear of library.

5th Avenue and West 42nd Street. New York Public Library, Bryant Memorial in rear of library.


39 West 56th Street. General exterior.

39 West 56th Street. General exterior.


8 East 79th Street. Heinrich Schniewind Residence, drawing room.

8 East 79th Street. Heinrich Schniewind Residence, drawing room.


[Residence, interior.]

[Residence, interior.]


8 East 79th Street. Heinrich  Schniewind Residence, bathroom.

8 East 79th Street. Heinrich Schniewind Residence, bathroom.


West 92nd Street. St. Agnes Chapel altar.

West 92nd Street. St. Agnes Chapel altar.


Watercolor rendering, sketch for seven-story building.

Watercolor rendering, sketch for seven-story building.


35 Nassau Street. Hanan & Sons interior looking toward entrance.

35 Nassau Street. Hanan & Sons interior looking toward entrance.


Page
of 84
Display
Items per page
Active Lightbox:
Open Lightboxes