4 World Trade Center: An Impressive Reconstruction

4 World Trade Center is part of the reconstructed buildings in New York City’s World Trade Center complex. The original buildings on the 16-acre land were destroyed during the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Some of the new buildings are still under construction.

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Four World Trade Center, also known as 150 Greenwich Street or 4 WTC, sits where its original 9-story version was.


Essentials: 4 World Trade Center

World Trade Center’s Building 4 is 978 feet tall with 72 stories and 55 elevators. Its construction began in 2008 and finished in 2013. It has 1.8 million square feet that are occupied by office and retail space.

After the 9/11 attacks, six new towers were planned for the site. Four of the six are completed, and One World Trade Center is the tallest building in NYC. 4 World Trade Center is currently the third tallest building in the complex, but 2 World Trade Center is expected to surpass it.

Architect Fumihiko Maki designed the current 4 World Trade Center. It was first planned to only have 61 stories. Maki wanted it to have a trapezoidal shape for the lower levels and a parallelogram for the upper levels.

During construction in 2012, a crane cable snapped and caused steel to fall on a truck below. Luckily, no one was injured. Construction resumed shortly after. The building cost $1.67 billion to complete, and it was paid for by insurance funds and Liberty bonds.


Original Building

The original 4 World Trade Center was only 118 feet tall with 9 stories. It was built in 1975 on the southeast corner of the property, which is where the new 4 World Trade Center is today.

It was designed by architects Minoru Yamasaki and Emery Roth & Sons. Some tenants included the Commodities Exchange Center, Deutsche Bank, and the New York Board of Trade. It was also the entrance to The Mall at the World Trade Center.

When the Twin Towers (1 World Trade Center and 2 World Trade Center) were destroyed in 2001, 4 World Trade Center sustained a lot of damage from the debris. About two-thirds of the southern part of the building was destroyed. The building couldn’t be fixed and needed to be rebuilt.

In 2003, architect Daniel Libeskind designed the master plan for rebuilding the World Trade Center buildings.


Current Tenants

Here are some current tenants (offices and shops) of 4 World Trade Center:

  • Eataly
  • PANYNJ
  • Spotify
  • SportsNet New York
  • Silver Art Projects

4 World Trade Center is also connected to the PATH’s World Trade Center station and the New York City Subway’s WTC Cortlandt station via underground tunnels.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

How Long Did It Take to Build 4 World Trade Center?

The current 4 World Trade Center was under construction for 5 years before completion.

What Buildings are Part of the World Trade Center?

The current buildings in the World Trade Center complex include One World Trade Center, 3 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, 7 World Trade Center, National September 11 Memorial, National September 11 Museum, World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. 2 World Trade Center and 5 World Trade Center are under construction.

When will 2 World Trade Center Be Completed?

It’s unclear when 2 World Trade Center will be done, but its estimated completion was 2023.

When will 5 World Trade Center Be Completed?

Construction for 5 World Trade Center began in 2011, but it’s still not completed. Its estimated completion is 2028.

Will There Be a 6 World Trade Center?

No, there are no plans for a 6 World Trade Center because 9/11 memorials occupy that space.

What District is 4 World Trade Center in?

4 World Trade Center is in the city’s Financial District.

Conclusion

4 World Trade Center was one of the structures tragically destroyed by the 9/11 attacks in 2001. A new tower was built in its place in 2013, becoming an iconic part of the World Trade Center complex.

A few other World Trade Center buildings are still under construction, but they’re expected to be completed within the next few years. This land is full of history and remarkable architecture, so it’s a great stop for both locals and tourists.