Wikipedia: World Trade Center
The original World Trade Center was a complex of seven buildings including the iconic twin towers in Lower Manhattan in New York City which opened on April 4, 1973, and was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The site is being rebuilt, with six skyscrapers and a memorial to the casualties of the attacks. At the time of their completion, (the first) 1 World Trade Center and 2 World Trade Center were the tallest buildings in the world, surpassing the Empire State Building, which is also in Manhattan.
The cost for the construction was $400 million ($2,169,167,354 as of 2011). The original World Trade Center was designed by Minoru Yamasaki in the early 1960s using a tube-frame structural design for the twin 110-story towers. In gaining approval for the project, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to take over the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, which became the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). Groundbreaking for the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966. The North Tower (1) was completed in December 1972 and the South Tower (2) was finished in July 1973; the two were collectively known as the Twin Towers, the two tallest buildings in the world at that time. The construction project involved excavating a large amount of material, which was used for landfill to make Battery Park City on the west side of Lower Manhattan.
27 January 1960, New York (NY) Times, pg. 1:
A WORLD CENTER
OF TRADE MAPPED
OFF WALL STREET
A World Trade Center that may cost $250,000,000 was proposed yesterday for thirteen and a half acres along the East River, adjoining New York's downtown financial district.
14 March 1961, New York (NY) Herald Tribune, pg. 26 editorial:
The World Trade Center We Must Have
19 January 1964, New York (NY) Times, pg. 78:
A New Era Heralded
Architectural Virtue of Trade Center
Expected to Enhance City's Skyline
By ADA LOUISE HUXTABLE
It was big business inside and little business outside at the New York Hilton yesterday as the small-store owners to be displaced by the World Trade Center picketed the formal unveiling of the monumental eight-foot model of the even more monumental 16-acre project for downtown Manhattan.
Here the delicate verticality of the handsome twin towers is no curtain wall paste-over; these slender ribs are visible metal-sheathed supporting steel columns that form a wall-supporting truss
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