stands among the
impressive sky-scrapers of lower Manhattan as conspicuously as the career of its
owner stands among the many remarkable business careers which have lent glamour
to the industrial history of America.
In 1898, he purchased a lot at No. 990 Fifth Avenue, the northerly corner
of Eightieth street, New York city, and erected there a stone mansion, after the
style of architecture of the time of Francis I, which is a model of artistic
exterior design and interior comfort. The
furnishings and decorations are rich and luxurious, but the predominating effect
is the absolute harmony of all; a remarkable pipe organ, necessitating the
partial use of three floors in its installation, being an important adjunct of
the equipment. To use a phrase of
the owner, he tried to build a “livable house” and succeeded.
He also erected houses for his daughters, Mrs. McCann, at No. 9 East
Eightieth street, a few feet to the east; and Mrs. Hutton, at No. 2 East
Eightieth street, nearly opposite his own home.
Mr. Woolworth is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Union
League, Lotos, Hardware, and Automobile clubs, and has a box at the Metropolitan
Opera House. He has a cultured
fondness for the best there is in music and art, his love for music
predominating. He is an
enthusiastic automobilist and is devoted to travel and historical research.
Socially his sympathetic charm of character secures to him the friendship
of all his chosen acquaintances, and in business he has manifested the essence
of square dealing, and his subordinates are treated in a manner that radiates
magnetism and furnishes to his business earnest helpers rather than
While, cited above, Mr. Woolworth is a member of various clubs and
societies, he is essentially domestic in his tastes and habits.
His greatest pleasures are in the companionship of; his wife and
children, who share all the moments that can be spared from his business cares.
Upon entering his home the visitor is frequently greeted by the strains
of the world’s greatest composers as they are sent forth by Mr. Woolworth from
the pipes of the magnificent organ which he has installed in his home, --
probably the finest of its kind in the entire world.
Music and art interest him most deeply; the creations of Wagner, Liszt,
and Chopin vie with those of Schreyer, Jacques, Corot and Daubigny, and other
painters in appealing to his artistic temperament.
Married, June 11, 1876, Jennie Creighton, of Watertown, New York,
daughter of Thomas Creighton, of Picton, Ontario.
Helena Woolworth, born
July 17, 1878, in Watertown, New York. Married
Charles E. F. McCann, of New York, April 20, 1904.
Resides in New York. Issue: I