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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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In Galleries
Wurts Bros. 
34-01 38th Avenue. Pierce Arrow Building
350 Fifth Avenue. Empire State Building, view of from Lincoln Building, East 42nd Street
550 West 155th Street. Chapel of the Intercession. Interior
60 Wall Street. Cities Service tower. Elevator girl looking out of window at view
New York Worlds Fair. Perisphere and Trylon steel frame
15 Vanderbilt Avenue. Credit Clearing House [Office of John W. Campbell.]
12 East 86th Street. Hotel Croydon. Interior, bar and lounge
[Interior, engine room.]
[Interior, typesetting room.]
[Vaulted space under the Manhattan approach to the Queensboro Bridge.]
[Interior, view down colonnade.]
West 32nd Street and Sixth Avenue. Dismantling of the Sixth Avenue elevated train tracks
[Astoria Pool.]
[George Washington Bridge.]
[Interior of Grand Central Station.]
[Columns of Pennsylvania Station.]
[Interior of Grand Central Station.]
[Aftermath of a snowstorm.]
[Children with a mound of snow with a "For Rent" sign on it.]
[Girl looking from the pergola over the Conservatory Gardens.]
[Courtyard at the Cloisters.]
305 West End Avenue. Esplanade Hotel. View from Schwab Chateau garden
1200 Fifth Avenue. View of Central Park from window
[65 West 39th Street. Steam coming out of a hat factory.]
Central Park. 59th Street and Fifth Avenue lake, bird sanctuary
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