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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.
Washington Arch looking south. [Mayor's Committee to Welcome British & French War Commissions.]

Washington Arch looking south. [Mayor's Committee to Welcome British & French War Commissions.]


42nd Street Near Park Avenue. Lincoln Safe Deposit Co. Building

42nd Street Near Park Avenue. Lincoln Safe Deposit Co. Building


64th Street and Broadway. Hotel Empire.

64th Street and Broadway. Hotel Empire.


Old Madison Square Garden, Garden Theatre, box office lobby.

Old Madison Square Garden, Garden Theatre, box office lobby.


Franklin Savings Bank Addition, S.E. Cor. 42nd St. & Eighth Ave. N.Y.C.

Franklin Savings Bank Addition, S.E. Cor. 42nd St. & Eighth Ave. N.Y.C.


Madison Square Garden, demolishing, from a point about 60" feet west of 4th Avenue and on 26th Street looking north towards 27th Street, 1:58pm.

Madison Square Garden, demolishing, from a point about 60" feet west of 4th Avenue and on 26th Street looking north towards 27th Street, 1:58pm.


Madison Square Garden, demolishing, from a point near the southwest corner of 26th Street and 4th Avenue, looking northwest towards the westerly end of garden, 2:08pm.

Madison Square Garden, demolishing, from a point near the southwest corner of 26th Street and 4th Avenue, looking northwest towards the westerly end of garden, 2:08pm.


536 West 113th Street. Apartments, general exterior.

536 West 113th Street. Apartments, general exterior.


35 5th Avenue at the N.E. corner of 10th Street. Hotel Grosvenor.

35 5th Avenue at the N.E. corner of 10th Street. Hotel Grosvenor.


105 E. Houston Street. Russian Orthodox Cathedral. General interior.

105 E. Houston Street. Russian Orthodox Cathedral. General interior.


Bowery and Grand Street. Bowery Savings Bank.

Bowery and Grand Street. Bowery Savings Bank.


253-267 West 73rd Street. Level Club, detail of basement stories.

253-267 West 73rd Street. Level Club, detail of basement stories.


304 East 44th Street. Beaux Arts Institute.

304 East 44th Street. Beaux Arts Institute.


327 Central Park West at the S.W. corner of 93rd Street. Apartments, general exterior.

327 Central Park West at the S.W. corner of 93rd Street. Apartments, general exterior.


Hunts Point Development, view looking along west bulkhead.

Hunts Point Development, view looking along west bulkhead.


Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street. Early Construction work on Cathedral of St. John the Divine. View of Arch.

Amsterdam Avenue and 112th Street. Early Construction work on Cathedral of St. John the Divine. View of Arch.


Montrose Avenue. Most Holy Trinity Church. General exterior.

Montrose Avenue. Most Holy Trinity Church. General exterior.


Hotel Majestic, kitchen.

Hotel Majestic, kitchen.


East 22nd Street. Childrens Court House.

East 22nd Street. Childrens Court House.


Park Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Streets, west side. Racquet and Tennis Club, entrance.

Park Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Streets, west side. Racquet and Tennis Club, entrance.


West 86th Street. Jewish Center.

West 86th Street. Jewish Center.


32nd Street and Madison Avenue. Mannice Building.

32nd Street and Madison Avenue. Mannice Building.


953 Park Avenue. Building, general exterior.

953 Park Avenue. Building, general exterior.


6201 Broadway at 251st Street. Apartment house.

6201 Broadway at 251st Street. Apartment house.


17 West 57th Street. J. & T. Cousins Building.

17 West 57th Street. J. & T. Cousins Building.


57 West 48th Street. Seymour School of Music.

57 West 48th Street. Seymour School of Music.


Skyline from Fort Jay, several cannons.

Skyline from Fort Jay, several cannons.


Willoughby Street and Pearl Street. Brooklyn Edison Co. Building.

Willoughby Street and Pearl Street. Brooklyn Edison Co. Building.


West 157th Street. Our Lady of Esperanza.

West 157th Street. Our Lady of Esperanza.


65th Street at the N.E. corner of 5th Avenue. John Jacob Astor residence, general exterior.

65th Street at the N.E. corner of 5th Avenue. John Jacob Astor residence, general exterior.


521 Ocean Avenue at the N.E. corner of Church Avenue. Hoffman's Men's Shop.

521 Ocean Avenue at the N.E. corner of Church Avenue. Hoffman's Men's Shop.


61st Street and 5th Avenue. Gerry residence, detail of east dormer window, 61 Street front.

61st Street and 5th Avenue. Gerry residence, detail of east dormer window, 61 Street front.


East 116th Street. Italian Savings Bank.

East 116th Street. Italian Savings Bank.


130 East 15th Street. View looking north from 15th Street looking towards Midtown Manhattan, from 16th and 17th floors.

130 East 15th Street. View looking north from 15th Street looking towards Midtown Manhattan, from 16th and 17th floors.


60th Street and Lexington Avenue, N.E. corner. Progress view, Lambert Building.

60th Street and Lexington Avenue, N.E. corner. Progress view, Lambert Building.


Grand Street and Norfolk Street, S.E. corner. Progress view, Corn Exchange Bank, east side branch.

Grand Street and Norfolk Street, S.E. corner. Progress view, Corn Exchange Bank, east side branch.


120 Wall Street at South Street. General exterior.

120 Wall Street at South Street. General exterior.


15 East 81st Street. G.L. Winthrop residence.

15 East 81st Street. G.L. Winthrop residence.


444 Central Park West at the N.W. corner of 104th Street. View of Upper West Side from 18-story roof, looking N.W.

444 Central Park West at the N.W. corner of 104th Street. View of Upper West Side from 18-story roof, looking N.W.


444 Central Park West. View of Harlem with Central Park in foreground, looking N.E.

444 Central Park West. View of Harlem with Central Park in foreground, looking N.E.


75th Street and Broadway. Hotel Beacon.

75th Street and Broadway. Hotel Beacon.


Schermerhorn Street. Brooklyn Storage warehouse, general view.

Schermerhorn Street. Brooklyn Storage warehouse, general view.


45th Street and Broadway. Penn Drug Store at Hotel Astor.

45th Street and Broadway. Penn Drug Store at Hotel Astor.


West 42nd Street. McGraw Hill Building.

West 42nd Street. McGraw Hill Building.


3269-71-73 3rd Avenue. Buildings.

3269-71-73 3rd Avenue. Buildings.


Rockefeller Center. View looking down on roof garden atop British Building, [taken] from Saks and Co.

Rockefeller Center. View looking down on roof garden atop British Building, [taken] from Saks and Co.


Radio City Music Hall Theater, general interior with audience and show.

Radio City Music Hall Theater, general interior with audience and show.


General view of the International Building, Italian Building, with R.C.A. Building, Rockefeller Center.

General view of the International Building, Italian Building, with R.C.A. Building, Rockefeller Center.


215th through 216th Street east of Broadway. Incinerator, night photo to show smoke.

215th through 216th Street east of Broadway. Incinerator, night photo to show smoke.

January 29, 1937

1 Cedar Street and 200 Maiden Lane. View from N.W. looking S.E..

1 Cedar Street and 200 Maiden Lane. View from N.W. looking S.E..


[Skyline view showing Empire State Building.]

[Skyline view showing Empire State Building.]


Neurological Institute [Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center].

Neurological Institute [Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center].


Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway. Brooklyn Public Library, central branch, exterior view.

Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway. Brooklyn Public Library, central branch, exterior view.


Knickerbocker Village, gardens in courtyard.

Knickerbocker Village, gardens in courtyard.


Aqueduct race track, view of jockeys' building.

Aqueduct race track, view of jockeys' building.


517 Lexington Avenue. The Brook Saloon.

517 Lexington Avenue. The Brook Saloon.


1530 Broadway. Bond Clothing Store, detail main entrance.

1530 Broadway. Bond Clothing Store, detail main entrance.


125th Street. Gas station.

125th Street. Gas station.


Navy base, South Brooklyn, side in perspective.

Navy base, South Brooklyn, side in perspective.


215th through 217th Street and Park Terrace West. Park Terrace Apartments.

215th through 217th Street and Park Terrace West. Park Terrace Apartments.


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