The WORLD TRADE CENTER
Location: New York, NY
(Lower Manhattan, west side, Wall street area)
Architect: Minoru Yamasaki
Engineer(s): Leslie Robertson, John Skilling
Building Material: Steel with aluminum facing
Design: Modern, Tubular
Ground Breaking: August 5, 1966
Tower 1, completed 1972, 110 stories, 1,368 feet high
Tower 2, completed 1973, 110 stories, 1,362 feet high
Upon opening the towers were met with mixed reviews from architectural and other critics.
Destroyed, September 11, 2001, by terrorists aboard 2 commercial jet aircrafts. Other Facts
Each tower had 104 elevators with sky lobbies on the 44th and 78th floors
The towers swayed as much as 3 feet from center during high winds
Each floor had approximately one acre of usable space
The entire WTC site stood on approxamately 16 acres.
February 26, 1993 a terrorist bomb exploded in the parking garage of Tower 1, killing 6 people and creating a hole 5 stories deep.
3 WTC - Vista Hotel, 22 floors
4 WTC - South Plaza, 9 floors
5 WTC - North Plaza, 9 floors
6 WTC - US Custons House, 9 floors
7 WTC - Addition to site, 47 floors
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