"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Woolworth Building

One hundred years ago this April, the Woolworth Building opened in New York.   At the time, and until 1930, when the Chrysler Building was opened, it was the tallest building in the world.   And, as skyscrapers go, a very beautiful building.   It was called the "Cathedral of Commerce" for obvious reasons:

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