The awe-inspiring Freedom Tower in New York City is officially known as the One World Trade Center. It opened on November 3rd, 2014, as an impressive New York City commerce building. But it’s far more than just that; the structure carries monumental symbolic meaning to the world and all who walk its hallways.
Designed by renowned architects, David Childs and Daniel Libeskind, and built by Tishman Construction, the project was erected in the heart of the post 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack. The magnificent structure stands proud, as an image reflecting American resilience and honor.
Constructed with Deep Symbolism
The cornerstone was set in a symbolic ceremony on the 4th of July in 2004. However, despite the ceremonial start, security and financial concerns delayed construction until 2006.
And here are some symbolic details you might not know about it. At 1,362 feet, the building is the same height as the former World Trade Center’s South Tower. However, with the observation deck, at 1,368 feet, it’s also the height of the former North Tower. And when the antenna is calculated into the equation, it reaches exactly 1,776 feet – to honor the exact date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
And there’s more: The first steel beam, bearing signatures from the public, was ceremoniously welded into the base of the Freedom Tower in December of 2006.
There’s no doubt this is a remarkable project in which every single architectural and symbolic detail was taken into immense, planned consideration. Standing at 94 actual stories, but 104 standard floors high, its 3 story observatory deck takes in expansive views of New York City, as well as New Jersey.
The impressive multi-use office structure is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the 6th tallest in the entire world.
After multiple construction delays, the special event of opening the Freedom Tower officially happened on November 3rd, 2014. The first occupant was none other than Condé Nast, a media empire with publications that include The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Glamour Magazine.
A Rose by Any Other Name
Although it’s often referred to as the Freedom Tower, in 2009, the building was officially named One World Trade Center by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Located in lower Manhattan, the Freedom Tower is a widely sought after tourist destination. With its magnificent views, impressive construction, and historical significance to those who were lost in the 9/11 terrorist attack, it shines as both a sacred memorial and an impressive architectural accomplishment.
In perfect harmony, the Freedom Tower is located just across the street from the 9/11 memorial and museum, where locals, as well as visitors, may tour both.
The building is constructed with multiple post 9/11 safety features, including a reinforced base, an extra wide staircase for the public, and separate stairwells reserved exclusively for the rescue teams.
With cost overruns and detailed building and security measures, the immense project, originally projected to cost 3 billion, almost reached the 4 billion dollar mark making it the most expensive building in the world to date.
A highly sought-after tourist destination, few places on the planet offer so much inspiration in one location as the Freedom Tower. You can visit the tower at 285 Fulton Street, New York City.
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