Wish you were here…September 11th edition

This photo of Chris and I was taken in the Summer of 2000, just a little over a year before the towers fell.

Pairing a piece of Pensacola history with New York history.

To honor September 11th I thought I would do a short tribute to the World Trade Center.Nightime sky line

The idea to establish a World Trade Center in New York City actually dates all the way back to 1946 but was put on hold in 1949 to concentrate on development of mid-town Manhattan. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that the idea again began to get attention.

Groundbreaking of orignal towers

In September 1962, selection of Minoru Yamasaki as lead architect and Emery Roth & Sons as associate architects was announced to the public. The original plan called for the towers to be 80 stories but to meet the Port Authority’s requirement for 10 million square feet of office space it was determined the buildings would each have to be 110 stories.

Construction early February 1971

Groundbreaking for the construction began on August 5, 1966. The first tower was completed in December 1970 and the second tower was topped out in July 1971. The official ribbon cutting ceremony was April 4, 1973.

Construction Fall 1971

 

While most of the office space inside the twin towers complex was off limits to the public, the South tower did feature a pubic deck known as the Top of the World Observation Deck. View from the observation deckThe North Tower was home to a restaurant that occupied both the 106 and 107th floors known as the Windows on the World which opened in April 1976. It closed temporarily after the 1993 bombing to reopen again in 1996.

 A few interesting facts about the World Trade Center…five smaller buildings stood around the 16 acres, including 22-floor hotel, which opened in 1981 as the Vista Hotel and in 1995 became the Marriott World Trade Center.  One of the world’s largest gold depositories was stored underneath the World Trade Center, owned by a group of commercial banks.  On a typical weekday 50,000 people worked in the towers with another 200,000 passing through as visitors. The complex was so large that it had its own zip code

There are plans to rebuild on the site, although not without controversy. Time will tell how these plans turn out and what will ultimately rise from the sacred grounds where so many innocent victims and heroes alike paid the ultimate price for democracy.

The sun sets on the towers

So, humbly speaking for all the family, friends, and loved ones of those lost souls, as well as those lost at the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania, on this day after the ninth anniversary….We wish you were still here….

We will never forget. The towers of light

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2 Responses

  1. What a touching piece, Lizbeth. You’ve shown the Towers from birth to death, and the mourning left in the wake of their fall. I wonder sometimes if we’ll ever recover. I know the families of the lost ones won’t. Not completely.

    We truly need a strong Military to protect our vulnerabilities; vulnerabilities none of us realized could be exploited to such an extent.

    May the Creator grant peace to all those taken, and all those left behind.

  2. Very moving post, Lizbeth. They are missed. The people that perished in NY as well as the ones at the pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field. Thanks for sharing a part of the history of these bldgs.

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