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One World Trade Center Reaches 1,776 Feet

Updated on December 3, 2013

World Trade Center in 2001


The World Trade Center in NYC

The original World Trade Center in New York City was first opened in December 1970, well the North tower anyway. The South tower wasn't opened until 1972. Before it's opening the tallest building in the world was the Empire State Building. Currently the tallest building is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 2,722 feet.

The original Trade Center was actually One World Trade Center, which was the North Tower, and Two World Trade Center which was the South Tower. In all there were seven World Trade Center buildings built between 1970 and 1985. This complex helped to breathe some life back into lower Manhattan. The Rockefellers were behind the conception of this monster complex. In researching this piece I found out the towers were sometimes called Nick and David after the two Rockefeller brothers. I guess it was an inside joke. The Port Authority of New York stepped in later and the hired architect decided on two towers.

There was much controversy about these two towers. Many people thought they would detract from the New York skyline, interfere with radio reception, cost too much to maintain, etc., but in spite of any disagreements construction began in 1966. Upon it's completion approximately 50,000 people worked there and about 200,000 visited each day.

I knew several people who worked there, one of them being my sister-in-law who arranged for us to visit her in her sixty-fourth floor office. It was amazing looking out the windows and seeing the whole City around you. We visited the top of One World Trade Center when we had visitors from Ireland and we were just as impressed as they were!

Location of One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center:
One World Trade Center, Vesey Street, New York, NY 10006, USA

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1993 Bombing - damage done


First World Trade Center Bombing

The Trade Center as the complex came to be called, seemed to be a target. In 1993 terrorist packed a truck with 1,000 pounds of explosives and left it in the basement parking lot. The explosion killed six and wounded 1,000 which is amazing considering the blast left a hole twenty-two feet wide and five stories deep! The building reopened a month later. Muslim fundamentalists were convicted of the bombing, their aim had been to knock down the North Tower so it would hit and knock down the South Tower..

As a result of this tragic bombing security measured were beefed up. Everyone starting getting a little nervous to say the least. The investigation into this bombing uncovered another plot to bomb additional sites in New York City. No one could believe this could happen in New York City, but it did. It seems however, that security in the building was not the next issue they faced.

South Tower of the World Trade Center Bombing 2001


September 11, 2001

The most tragic, unheard of bombing on American soil! Two American Airlines airplanes crashed into the two Trade Center Towers, this time, the "security breach" was from the air and there was nothing anyone could do to stop it. I remember being at work saying it must have been an accident, something wrong with a plane, until I heard the second plane crashed into the south tower, then we all knew.

People killed on the ground and in the planes totaled 2,606. Some were killed by smoke inhalation, some by jumping out of buildings, others were killed in the buildings' collapse. In addition to the buildings in the World Trade Center Complex, there were other surrounding buildings badly damaged and later destroyed. I think most know enough about this tragedy and its aftermath so I will move on to the reconstruction.

Construction of One World Trade Center
Construction of One World Trade Center | Source
The still unopened Museum
The still unopened Museum | Source

Rebuilding the World Trade Center

After the horrors of the bombing many thought rebuilding would be a no brainer but it wasn't that easy. Fear had taken hold and everyone had their own ideas about what should be done with the gaping hole in the ground. Many saw it as a burial place for the many bodies that had not been recovered, others saw it as sacred ground, and still others wanted to rebuild to show the indomitable spirit of New Yorkers.

By 2004 the World Trade Center rebuild was going by the name of Freedom Towers. Money, security, and design kept things going back and forth until 2008. In 2009 the name "Freedom Tower" was replaced officially by "One World Trade Center." Regardless of the arguments and past issues, this building was going to be safe. It is said to be strongly fortified.

To me, the most important part of One World Trade Center is that it was built with union labor by Americans. There is an eight acre memorial, as there should be, to those who lost their lives. The museum I went to see last year is still not complete, another funding dispute. However, when the building is complete there will be three observation decks and a new transportation hub will be beneath the building.

Official One World Trade Center Time-Lapse 2004-2013

World Trade Center Spire Being Placed

Placing of the spire.
Placing of the spire. | Source

One World Trade Center by the numbers

— $3.8 billion price tag.
— 45,000 tons of steel.
— 4,259 days since 9/11.
— 2014, year of its scheduled opening.
— 1,776 feet tall.
— 758-ton stainless steel spire.
— 104 floors.
— 70 escalators.
— 18 pieces in 408-foot spire.

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The World Trade Center Spire

Atop the World Trade Center will now sit a 408 foot spire weighing in at 758 tons. The spire is to be used as an antenna, however, if a regular antenna had been used it would not be included in the height of the building as the spire is. I think it is because an antenna is considered removable while a spire is not. This spire brings the height of the building to 1,776 feet, said to be in honor of the year 1776, the year of independence for the United States. "This milestone at the World Trade Center site symbolizes the resurgence and resilience of our state and our nation," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the statement.

Daily News Tweets about the placement of the spire have been going strong.

The final height of the building, including the spire, makes the World Trade Center the tallest building in the United States and the third tallest building in the world. Actually, it is the tallest building in the western hemisphere! NBC noted the placing of the spire was exactly two years after the death of Osama Bin Laden.

The building is not yet opened but is scheduled to open next February. There are three known tenants at this time, Conde Nast, the government’s General Services Administration and Vantone Holdings China Center.

A Note

The height of the building is 1,776 feet. Look at the number without the comma - 1776. The year America gained its independence, making not only the building significant but the height representing freedom!

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much Peg. All those compliments coming from such a great writer as yourself really make me feel good.

      Missing Link you may or may not be familiar with the phrase, "Don't tread on me", but its said to be from an 18th Century Colonel and Americans have adopted it, hopefully the rest of the world (especially the angry people filled with hatred) will get the message!

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      Missing Link 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      great hub and I'm happy to see a new tower. i'm also afraid though it will be a prime target of other sick, angry people filled with hatred ---- radical Islamists being the number one candidate

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This informational piece was just what I needed to get up to speed on this project. I like your style of presentation, your facts and most of all your pictures which really puts the magnitude of the building effort into perspective. I admire the spirit of New Yorkers and all Americans who will not let an act of terrorism take away our inner strength and pride of country. Great piece of work here and an enjoyable read.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you sunilkunnoth, we hope this building will help rebuild the spirit of patriotism both here and abroad. I appreciate your lovely comment.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You have written well. Congrats. The building is amazing. No one can spoil the spirit of patriotism. The photos are fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I know drbj, a sneaky way to add height to the building for sure.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Mary, for bringing us up to date on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. Interesting info on the spire that serves as an antenna but is really a spire.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Rajan. We cannot let a few fanatics control our lives. I appreciate your votes. Have a great weekend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I voted on the first option. This building needed to be built to show these cowards that the spirit cannot be cowed down no matter what.

      Thanks for sharing the story and details of the one world trade center.

      Voted up and useful.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Yes Lizzy there is a memorial with the names of every victim of 9-11. I have photos of it in a hub I wrote about the site. I agree re-building was the smartest thing to do. Thank you so much for the votes and share!

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well done! At first, I was thinking 'should be a memorial' in your poll, but then, I thought, what better memorial than to essentially thumb our noses at the terrorists by putting things back (more or less) as they were.

      There is an actual memorial on-site, as I understand. I have never been to NYC myself--only a brief excursion to NY state for the World's Fair back when I was in high school--so I'm not at all familiar with the city.

      9-11 was indeed a tragic day, that we must never forget; yet we must move forward, and show the world that Americans are strong and determined.

      Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks for reading and commenting Vinaya!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal


      I still remember that horrific day in Sept. 11, 2001.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Very, very true avianvoice....sitting duck, hmm, that from a bird lover ;)

      Seriously though you are right.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The building needed to be rebuilt, to show the world that the US backs down to nothing. Yes, we will remember, but life goes on. It HAS to do so, for the minute we back down in this country, we are a sitting duck.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Bill, when I saw the spire being set I knew I had to write about this building again. The first time it was my visit to the building as it was being built, but this had more significance. I'm glad you liked it and appreciate your visit and votes.

      Oh Michelle, what an honor to be featured in your Gazette! Thank you.

      How true Carter. A reminder of hope for the future! Thanks for the votes.

      I'm glad I could add some knowledge about this Mary. It is certainly something everyone, everywhere will always remember. Thanks for the votes and share.

      Jools, you are right, memories never fade but we need to be reminded we can go forward, and that there is still good in the world.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, really enjoyed reading about this - you certainly did a lot of research! I think this new World Trade Centre will become an important building because it is a sign of America's recovery and resilience - human beings showing that rebuilding is a positive step after 9/11 - time cannot stand still forever - memories never fade but NYC has to move on from that time.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading this very much and learned more than I knew before on the history of the Twin Towers. I enjoy watching old movies, and every now and then a scene will be shown with NY in the background, and there they are in all their splendor. What a shame they were blown up. It's hard to believe it has been that long ago.

      Like the day JFK was killed, I think everyone remembers what they were doing that day.

      Voted UP and sharing all around.

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      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great hub Till & excellent research.. Although as to be expected a painful reminder for sure..One could see it as a symbol to acknowledge that life & energy will continue despite tragedy.. Lots of votes.. Cheers

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      I voted that this building needs to be rebuilt. Thanks for sharing, Mary, and I'm sharing on my Gazette.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary. I was hoping someone would write a Hub on the new tower. Thank you. Certainly 9/11 is one of those moments that one never forgets where they were and what they were doing when it happened. I saw the raising of the new spire last week and it really made me think back to that day and to all of the people who senselessly lost their lives.

      Thanks so much for sharing this. Voted up, shared, etc....

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      So glad you found this interesting! Always nice to see you here and I love getting hugs and blessings!

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mary... Thank you for this in depth look at the rebuilding... you have done well in reporting this...

      Hugs and Blessings

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Everyone knows what they were doing when they heard the news. I didn't realize you could hear planes in Canada. Thanks for sharing that and for the votes and more.

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      6 years ago from America

      Very interesting. I was watching the news this morning showing installing of the spire on the One World Trade Center. I'm so glad they built it. We need to show "them" no matter what you do to us we will continue on.

      I was having coffee watching the news when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

      Later I heard the planes heading to Canada we're very close to Canada. I couldn't see them because of clouds but when I stepped out on my deck I could hear them. We never hear planes like that. Voted up and more.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Carol, nothing like a 104 story vision of hope.

      Jaye, I will certainly let you know when Leslie gives me her info. I was sorry to hear she was leaving as well. As for my hub, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Thank you Suzie. The American spirit certainly needs to live on and this will be a constant reminder for us in New York. Thank you also for the votes and share.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      What an interesting article, written in your usual stylish way which always makes for fascinating informative pieces. The history of the Trade Center is very interesting and to the present day works which are a credit to everyone involved and to the American spirit. I was in Turkey that memorable day of September 11th and will never forget it. Thanks for sharing this, up, useful, interesting, shared!

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Mary...This is an excellent hub, and reading it was not only thought-provoking, but inspirational. I hope the new building is fortified well enough that it will remain safe because its very existence might be tempting to other terrorists.

      On another note, I read Leslie's comment that she's no longer writing on HP and felt, "OH, NO! Why have we lost Leslie?" I hope she will make known her new "address", whether blog or other writers' site, so that her many fans (and here I'm being selfish) can continue to read her word gems. (Mary, since you have my email address from our previous collaboration on "The Journey", will you please share with Leslie or send me her new URL? It isn't always easy to contact another HP member.)

      Voted Up++ and shared


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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Awesome and well done. And a hopeful not for all of us.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the great comment Leslie but your last line was a bit disturbing! Of course I would like to be linked up. There comes a time in everyone's life when we need to move on....

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Mary, Mary, Mary...i got goosebumps and chills reading this! I can't help it - every time i read about 9/11 - it...does something to me!

      I'm just glad that this building is finished - to be honest with you! Even the construction of it...bothered me - all the hubbub and chaos for a dozen years now!

      maybe now - we can move beyond it...

      never forgetting mind you - never forgetting!

      Amazing information here - thank you my friend..

      I'm not writing on the hub anymore, dear - only reading..

      if you'd still like to read me - let me know - i can link you up!


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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Agapsikap, thank you for the compliment and for stopping by to read.

      Hawaiianodysseus, yes, it truly is a phoenix, isn't it? Always happy when you stop by and enjoy one of my hubs. May you have a great week too. Aloha my friend.

      Thank you for the vote and share Faith, I never realized other people across the country might not know what's going on in NYC! God bless.

      xstatic, how interesting (about your wife's job)...however, I am sure you are both counting your blessings that her flight was grounded!!

      Brett, I had never heard the "simulation attack" theory. I can't imagine the Air Force simulating an attack on anything in NYC. There would be panic in the streets even if it was a simulation. Yes, it changed the world especially here in the US. This is a country that never knew fear from foreign attack and now we live with it every day! Thanks so much for the votes and shares.

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      Brett C 

      6 years ago from Asia

      This was interesting, I never even knew that it was being rebuilt. I like the fact that there is a memorial and that the icon is back.

      However, one thing I never understood with the bombings was that the airforce claimed that they were running a simulation of an attack on the city using pedestrian aircraft at the time it actually happened. Is this true? It always seemed like an excuse to me, as the chances of them not knowing they had sent civilian aircraft at a target would be slim and they should have surely tried to intercept if it was a practice and had fighters in the air ... what do you think?

      Either way, the bombing was tragic, both on the lives lost, the destruction and the right of freedom given up under the fear of future attacks. It really did change the world, just look at flights, airports, country wide CCTV coverage and governmental control today.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and interesting.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful and well researched hub Mary! It is a funny coincidence that my wife is a recruiter for the company that is still overseeing the construction of that new tower. From our home here in Eugene, Oregon, she worked with the people who hired the workers that the Port Authority would approve for rebuilding this iconic tower. She has never been to her home office and works as an hourly contract recruiter for the many national and international projects that her company acts as construction manager for. As a sidelight, she was grounded in Salt Lake City on 9/11, on a flight to the east coast. Great work!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      That is awesome, Mary! What a great recap here of history. I did not realize it was almost built either. Very inspiring and interesting hub full of great information. YES, We are open for business!!!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      This was the first tribute and update about the iconic towers that I've read since the tragedy, and I'm glad I patiently waited. Now I know that another tower has gradually risen--a Big Apple phoenix rising from the ashes. Thank you for writing this very inspirational piece, Mary! Wishing you the very best this week!


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      6 years ago from Philippines

      Interesting and awesome.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Glad you enjoyed it Kathryn. I started out just to write about the height of the Trade Center but thought it needed more of an homage than that. Thank you for the lovely compliments and for sharing.

      Rose-the-planner, thank you for taking time to read this.

      Ah Bill, ten stories you say, must strain your neck ;) Don't worry, I'll keep you informed on the east coast.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting, Mary. I had no idea it was almost ready to open....sheez, I'm really out of touch with the east coast activities.

      Tallest building here in Olympia.....ten stories. LOL

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      rose-the planner 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Very interesting! Thank you for sharing!

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      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      This is a great overview of the history and rebuild of the tower.

      It's hard to believe that tragic date was over 11 years ago! It is still quite fresh in my memory. It was strange the first time I drove past New York, and didn't see the twin towers where they had been for decades. I'm glad they built up a new tower.

      Voted up and useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting. I liked the stats you provided, and the photos.

      I am sharing this! Thanks for writing of such a beautiful topic.


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