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Wurts Bros. 

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. 


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Wurts Bros. 
[Interior, view down colonnade.]
[Two boys playing cards on the sidewalk.]
[Vaulted space under the Manhattan approach to the Queensboro Bridge.]
Fulton Street and Broadway. Street view looking west
[41 West 86th Street. Mrs. Schaffer's residence. Interior.]
110 East 42nd Street. Bowery Savings Bank. Entrance
56th Street and Fifth Avenue. Bonwit Teller. Display windows
[New York World's Fair. Richard Wurts with steel frame of Perisphere and Trylon in background.]
[Astoria Pool with Hell Gate Bridge in background.]
West 32nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Dismantling of the Sixth Avenue elevated train tracks
Central Park West. Elevated view of Central Park looking southeast
West 32nd Street. Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Garden entrance
West 34th Street and Fifth Avenue. Empire State Building with church spire in foreground
Long Island City. Con Edison. Interior, furnaces
[Interior, typesetting room.]
Interior, shoe factory with man at machine
[Interior, engine room.]
24 East 42nd Street. Sheffield Farms Milk Bar
[Stage show "Angles" at Radio City Music Hall.]
[65 West 39th Street. Steam coming out of a hat factory.]
[Life Savers Candy Parachute Jump at the New York World's Fair.]
[Night view of the Administration building with "Mithrana" sculpture on facade, New York World's Fair.]
[Demolition of the City Hall Post Office and Courthouse.]
[Sidewalk clock and Guaranty Trust Company building.]
[Street light, 500 Fifth Avenue building in background.]
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