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The Cathedral of Commerce

Excerpt from The Cathedral of Commerce: The Highest Building in the World The wonders of the Woolworth Building are not confined to its exterior, for within will be found a wealth of things intensely interesting, and first among these should be mentioned the grand corridor with its tall, perfect lines rising and sweeping into graceful curves and arches. The marble, with its warm, golden, evenly matched colors of varied hues forming the corridor walls, was quarried on the Isle. Of Skyros off the coast of Greece, from the choicest of costly marbles obtainable there. It is richly carved in pure Gothic design, and blends perfectly with the magnificently decorated dome - ceiling. This ceiling is a masterpiece of glass mosaic, and its rare beauty is accentuated by the soft glow of artificial light concealed behind the lace - like marble cornice at the springing of the arches. It suggests a ood of dazzling jewels glittering in the sunlight - emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds - a riot of harmonious colors, all spread out in golden settings, and arranged in exquisite designs. The whole effect is one of grandeur with which the corridor of no other building in the world may be compared; and it is, indeed, an appropriate entrance to this regal structure, The Cathedral of Commerce. In the sub-basement is located the power plant which generates the electricity needed to operate the elevators and to furnish light and ventilation for the entire Building. This plant is complete in its make-up, and the four mighty engines and dynamos, operating day and night - never idle from one year to another - are wondrous pieces of machinery, the most efficient known to engineering science. The plant has a total capacity of kilowatts, and consists of two 500 kilowatt units, one 300 kilowatt unit, and one 200 kilowatt unit. These units are of varying size, so as to afford maximum operating economy, according to the varying electrical load at different hours of the day. The engines are of the tandem-compound low-speed Corliss type, moving at one hundred revolutions per minute, and are capable of generating sufficient power to operate an electric street railway or supply electric light for a city of inhabitants. The Engine Room itself is especially attractive with walls and oor of white tile and ceiling of white enamel, always spotless in appearance. Here, too, will be found an elaborate ventilating plant made up of sixteen large motors with fresh air and exhaust ducts, designed to furnish a complete change of air in the three stories underground and the first four above four times in every hour. The air is drawn down from outside the Building above the fifth oor, passed through fine sieves and then through a curtain of constantly running water, where it is cleansed and afterwards distributed to the tenants free of impurity. During summer months, this air is cooled to a proper temperature by refrigeration, and in winter it is warmed by passing through heated pipes. A water filtration plant and a refrigerating plant also form part of the vast mechanical equipment required for the exacting needs of the Building's tenants. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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