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World Trade Center Remembered
by Sonja Bullaty
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Abbeville, 2001 (2001)

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* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

The World Trade Center Remembered is a tribute in photographs comprising seventy-two dramatic images of the World Trade Center taken by Sonia Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo before 9/11. In a text entitled 'The World Trade Center: Rising in Sheer Exaltation', Paul Goldberger says, 'Great skyscrapers do not disappear, and nothing in our experience prepares us for the void that now exists in Lower Manhattan.'

The Towers were referred to as 'Manhattan's mountains' and 'symbols of Manhattan'. As a compass point over twenty-eight years, they were seen from planes, from automobiles, and from the water of the Hudson and East Rivers - they gave Manhattan walkers direction. The World Trade Center began with two brothers: David Rockefeller, then chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, and Nelson Rockefeller, then the governor of New York State. After a request from the Rockefellers and the Lower Manhattan Association, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (a firm of architects) proposed building the Center on the East Side. A change to build the Center on the West Side made the Skidmore plans obsolete. The Port Authority selected architect Minoru Yamasaki, who won the commission to design in 1962, beginning plans to cover ten million square feet of space.

The World Trade Center buildings were completed in the early 1970s, and a few years later, Battery Park City was erected from the Center's landfill, extending to the Hudson River on the Lower West Side. Goldberger says, 'When Battery Park City and the World Financial Center buildings - the latter designed by architect Cesar Pelli - were constructed, the trade center towers no longer stood aloof ... brought them into a larger composition.' From afar, the narrowness of the Twin Towers' windows gave the illusion of Towers built of solid metal. They were grand to behold!

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