Pop Rivet Distributor Bay Fastening Systems Responds To the Opening of the Woolworth Building to the Public

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Bay Fastening Systems responds to the Woolworth Building opening its doors to the public for limited historical tours.

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On August 22, Bay Fastening Systems, a full service distributor of engineered fastening systems, discusses the opening of the Woolworth building to the public.

According to an August 5th article titled “Woolworth Building Gives Peeks at Its Historic Lobby,” published by the Wall Street Journal, Manhattan’s Woolworth Building was labeled the “Cathedral of Commerce” in the New York Times in 1913. Architect Cass Gilbert designed the building for Frank Winfield Woolworth, the founder of a discount-store empire who wanted a lavish headquarters. Until 1930, it was the highest skyscraper in the world. The building is also famous for its remarkable lobby.

The article says, “The lobby, characterized by its extensive detail and use of diverse materials, is still considered in excellent condition. Light plays off its vaulted mosaic ceilings and sculpted figures sit below pillars and arches… A three-story glass ceiling lights up a staircase that once led to Irving Bank.”

According to the article, the lobby has been closed to the public and has only been open to office workers and their guests since World War II. But now, the building is finally opening its doors to the public in the form of small tour groups organized by Helen Post Curry, Cass Gilbert’s great-granddaughter.

Cliff Bernard, President and CEO of Bay Fastening Systems, a pop rivet distributor, responds to the opening of the Woolworth Building to the public. “The Woolworth Building is an important piece of American history. At Bay Fastening Systems, we are happy to see that the public will have a chance to see its interior.”

Since the building is currently being used as office and commercial space, the amount of tours will be limited. According to the article, there are 15, 45 and 90 minute tours available. The prices range from $10 to $40.

Bay Fastening Systems is a full service distributor of engineered fastening systems that include the blind rivet, pop rivet, drive rivet, solid & semi-tubular rivet, military spec rivet, lock bolt, inserts and specialized installation systems. Founded in 1962, Bay Fastening Systems has become a leader in the fasteners industry through its continuing commitment to quality service, deep product knowledge and consultation, and an easy ordering process.


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