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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


East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue. Metropolitan Annex

East 23rd Street and Madison Avenue. Metropolitan Annex


#8-10-12 Hanover Sq. N.Y.

#8-10-12 Hanover Sq. N.Y.


Building at #4 & 6 Hanover Sq. E. Gable Wall and rear wall to #112 Pearl St. Adjoining #8-10-12 Hanover Sq.

Building at #4 & 6 Hanover Sq. E. Gable Wall and rear wall to #112 Pearl St. Adjoining #8-10-12 Hanover Sq.


Battery Park. Japanese War Commission

Battery Park. Japanese War Commission


[Rendering of an altar.]

[Rendering of an altar.]


Washington Square Park. Arch, decorated for Italian War Commission

Washington Square Park. Arch, decorated for Italian War Commission


Garibaldi Monument. Italian War Commission

Garibaldi Monument. Italian War Commission


Washington Square. Garibaldi Statue, Italian War Commission parade

Washington Square. Garibaldi Statue, Italian War Commission parade


411-413 Fifth Avenue. Commercial building

411-413 Fifth Avenue. Commercial building

Fiske & Co.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, detail of portico looking north along plaza.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, detail of portico looking north along plaza.


5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general view of mall looking south.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general view of mall looking south.


5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general view from rear.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general view from rear.


5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, north staircase, interior.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, north staircase, interior.


5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general interior of main lobby.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general interior of main lobby.


5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general interior of main reading room.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, general interior of main reading room.


Madison Avenue Reformed Church, interior at west end.

Madison Avenue Reformed Church, interior at west end.


Auchincloss house, drawing room.

Auchincloss house, drawing room.


Meter repair shop band [performing].

Meter repair shop band [performing].


O'Donnell's Restaurant, kitchen.

O'Donnell's Restaurant, kitchen.


O'Donnell's Restaurant, kitchen.

O'Donnell's Restaurant, kitchen.


Union Dime Savings Bank, interior.

Union Dime Savings Bank, interior.


41 East 66th Street. B. B. Sloan residence, entrance hall.

41 East 66th Street. B. B. Sloan residence, entrance hall.


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