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The Woolworth Building is a 60-story skyscraper located on Broadway in the borough of Manhattan in the city of New York. It was built in 1913, and it held the record of the tallest structure in the world until 1930, when the Bank of Manhattan Trust Building was built.[2]


The Woolworth Building housed the Magical Congress of the United States of America. The secret entrance to the government headquarters was through an ultra-fast-spinning revolving door that led into a brilliantly lit grand lobby with a cathedral-like ceiling that reached nearly 700 feet.[3] A large and elaborate monument graced the MACUSA entrance, paying homage to those who died during the Salem Witch Trials.[3] By the time the Woolworth Building was completed, it could both house No-Majs and – if activated by the correct spells – transform into a space for wizards. The only outer mark of the MACUSA’s new secret location was the owl carved over the entrance, by which wizards would wave their wands to in order to gain entry.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible that the building is not accessible through Apparition, as Porpentina Goldstein Apparated near the building instead of inside of it, before using the front entrance while taking in Newt Scamander.
  • As part of promotional efforts for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, searching for MACUSA on Google Maps will show the real-life location of the Woolworth Building labelled as MACUSA.[5] However, searching by the full name of "Magical Congress of the United States of America" will provide no results.


Notes and references

New York, NY, USA
Streets 43rd Street · 44th Street · 5th Avenue · 6th Avenue · Barclay Street · Broadway · Brooklyn Bridge · Canal Street · Centre Street · East 73rd Street · Lexington Avenue · Lispenard Street · Macdougal Street · Manhattan Bridge · Mercer Street · Monroe Street · Pike Street · Rivington Street · Times Square · W. Elsworth Street · West 24th Street
Neighbourhoods 11th District · The Bronx · Brooklyn · Diamond District · Liberty Island · Broadway · Manhattan · Queens · Tribeca
No-Maj places of interest Alonzo Zema Paper & Twine (439 Rivington Street) · Blanchard & Gable · Brobeck Theatre · Brockman Theatre · C. D. McLeod's Bargain Store and Curiosity Shop · Central Park · Central Park Zoo · Clipper Building · Columbia Bank · E. Wheeler Multigraph Machine Co. · Garrice & Sonnleitner Co. (241 Barclay Street) · Ginzberg Delaunay · Glovers Comedy Theatre · Jacob Kowalski's apartment (435 Rivington Street) · Janek & Pelowski Co. Handkerchiefs · The Kingly Court · Kowalski Quality Baked Goods (443 Rivington Street) · L. Caruso Music · M. N. Hora Co. · M. Voltolini & Co. · Macy's · Moreton Dale Canning Factory · New York City Hall · Orpheum · Pegasi Theatre · S.J. Bernstein Watches · Second Salem Church · Shaw Tower · Singer Building · Sovereign Theatre · Statue of Liberty · Steen National Bank (1790 6th Avenue) · V. Hahn's antiques shop (239 Barclay Street) · Valerie Valion Perfumers · Voclain & Co. · W. C. Morritt Theatre · Warners' Theatre · Woolworth Building (233 Broadway)
Wizarding places of interest The Blind Pig (124 Macdougal Street) · Ebbingdales Wonders for Wizards · Fleury's Fancy Fauna (33 Centre Street) · Goldstein sisters' apartment (679 West 24th Street) · Magical Congress of the United States of America (233 Broadway) · McTawny Broomsticks · The New York Academy of House-Elf Training · Wizard Broadway