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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.
56th Street and Fifth Avenue. Stewart and Company

56th Street and Fifth Avenue. Stewart and Company


66-72 Lafayette Street. Merchants Association Building.

66-72 Lafayette Street. Merchants Association Building.


3 West 54th Street. University Club, decorated [for Dewey Celebration].

3 West 54th Street. University Club, decorated [for Dewey Celebration].


Washington Square West near Washington Place. Hotel Holley.

Washington Square West near Washington Place. Hotel Holley.


Equitable Life Ins. Co.  Office on 3rd Floor showing folding partitions.

Equitable Life Ins. Co. Office on 3rd Floor showing folding partitions.


Café Savarin [in the] Equitable Building. Ladies Room, east end.

Café Savarin [in the] Equitable Building. Ladies Room, east end.


Café Savarin [in the] Equitable Building. Ladies Room, entrance end.

Café Savarin [in the] Equitable Building. Ladies Room, entrance end.


Café Savarin [in the] Equitable Building. Ladies Room, detail of alcove.

Café Savarin [in the] Equitable Building. Ladies Room, detail of alcove.


64-66 5th Avenue. MacMillan Co.

64-66 5th Avenue. MacMillan Co.


Broadway at the S.E. corner of 56th Street. The Rockingham.

Broadway at the S.E. corner of 56th Street. The Rockingham.


Trinity Church. Chancel general view from pulpit.

Trinity Church. Chancel general view from pulpit.


Trinity Church. Chancel stalls on north side.

Trinity Church. Chancel stalls on north side.


Trinity Church. Chancel altar and stalls on south side.

Trinity Church. Chancel altar and stalls on south side.


Trinity Church. Chancel, detail of credence.

Trinity Church. Chancel, detail of credence.


Trinity Church. Chancel, detail of Rector's stall.

Trinity Church. Chancel, detail of Rector's stall.


Trinity Church. Chancel, detail of Communion rail.

Trinity Church. Chancel, detail of Communion rail.


Park Avenue at the corner of East 84th Street. St. Ignatius Loyola Church organ.

Park Avenue at the corner of East 84th Street. St. Ignatius Loyola Church organ.


15 East 84th Street. A. Lanfear Norrie house, view of drawing room.

15 East 84th Street. A. Lanfear Norrie house, view of drawing room.


15 East 84th Street. A. Lanfear Norrie house, view of library.

15 East 84th Street. A. Lanfear Norrie house, view of library.


East 50th Street near Madison Avenue. Hampton Shops, interior of lobby.

East 50th Street near Madison Avenue. Hampton Shops, interior of lobby.


Detail of Crucifixion on Astor Memorial Cross.

Detail of Crucifixion on Astor Memorial Cross.


77 East 89th Street at the corner of Park Avenue. General exterior, apartment building.

77 East 89th Street at the corner of Park Avenue. General exterior, apartment building.


Hampton Shops, interior of lobby towards entrance.

Hampton Shops, interior of lobby towards entrance.


Trinity Chancel, general interior. Taken Easter Sunday, 1916.

Trinity Chancel, general interior. Taken Easter Sunday, 1916.


93rd Street and Broadway. St. Agnes Chapel.  Detail of Watson stained glass window.

93rd Street and Broadway. St. Agnes Chapel. Detail of Watson stained glass window.


Wall Street. Trinity Church, detail of stall ends.

Wall Street. Trinity Church, detail of stall ends.


Old Trinity Church. Detail of Rector's stalls.

Old Trinity Church. Detail of Rector's stalls.


Old Trinity Church. Detail of Rector's stalls.

Old Trinity Church. Detail of Rector's stalls.


2 East 44th Street. Wetzel Building, showroom of Hanson showing mantel.

2 East 44th Street. Wetzel Building, showroom of Hanson showing mantel.


2 East 44th Street. Wetzel Building, showroom of Wetzel.

2 East 44th Street. Wetzel Building, showroom of Wetzel.


5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, view below north steps looking south.

5th Avenue and 42nd Street. New York Public Library, view below north steps looking south.


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.


Union Dime Savings Bank, detail of main entrance.

Union Dime Savings Bank, detail of main entrance.


A. Goodman and Sons, bakery.

A. Goodman and Sons, bakery.


Knickerbocker Trust Co., interior.

Knickerbocker Trust Co., interior.


220 West 19th Street. Large addressograph machine, view from front right hand to show motors.

220 West 19th Street. Large addressograph machine, view from front right hand to show motors.


220 West 19th Street. Large addressograph machine, view from front left hand corner.

220 West 19th Street. Large addressograph machine, view from front left hand corner.


220 West 19th Street. Large addressograph machine, view looking down on left hand side.

220 West 19th Street. Large addressograph machine, view looking down on left hand side.


32nd Street at the East River. N.Y.U [Bellevue?] Science Building.

32nd Street at the East River. N.Y.U [Bellevue?] Science Building.


220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, rear right.

220-230 West 19th Street. Keyboard reliefograph, rear right.


32nd Street at the East River. N.Y.U [Bellevue?] Science Building.

32nd Street at the East River. N.Y.U [Bellevue?] Science Building.


32nd Street at the East River. N.Y.U [Bellevue?] Science Building.

32nd Street at the East River. N.Y.U [Bellevue?] Science Building.


724 5th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street. Remodeled building front, new windows, etc.

724 5th Avenue between 56th and 57th Street. Remodeled building front, new windows, etc.


800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor auditorium, dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].

800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor auditorium, dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].


800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor auditorium, dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].

800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor auditorium, dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].


800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor auditorium, dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].

800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor auditorium, dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].


800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].

800 Maiden Lane. American Fore Insurance Co., 2nd floor dining rooms, etc. [to show wood paneling].


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