The Woolworth Building opened in 1913 and remained the tallest building in the world until 1930. The design of the building was inspired by Gothic cathedrals leading to the building being dubbed the Cathedral of Commerce. The building has a U-shaped base that rises 30 stories. This is topped by a narrower tower that is flush with the base on the front side and rises another 23 stories. The tower then tapers into a highly ornate pyramidal roof at the top. More than a century after its construction, the Woolworth Building continues to hold a special place in the history of New York and skyscrapers in general.