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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.
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


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.


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