Six World Trade Center

Coordinates: 40°42′46″N 74°00′48″W / 40.71278°N 74.01333°W / 40.71278; -74.01333
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Six World Trade Center
Six WTC SW Corner.jpg
Southwest corner of Six World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks
Alternative names
  • 6 WTC
  • WTC 6
  • Building 6
General information
Architectural styleModern
LocationLower Manhattan
Town or cityNew York City
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°42′46″N 74°00′48″W / 40.71278°N 74.01333°W / 40.71278; -74.01333
Current tenantsList
Construction startedc. 1969-1970
OpenedJanuary 1974[1]
DestroyedSeptember 11, 2001
OwnerPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
Height93.28 ft (28 m)
Technical details
Floor count8
Floor area537,693 sq ft (49,953 m2)
Design and construction
Structural engineerLeslie E. Robertson Associates
Main contractorTishman Construction

Six World Trade Center was an eight-story building in Lower Manhattan in New York City. It opened in 1974 and was the building in the World Trade Center complex that had the fewest stories. The building served as the U.S. Customs House for New York. It was destroyed in 2001 due to the collapse of the North Tower following the September 11 attacks. It is not set to be replaced as part of the new World Trade Center. Its site is now the location of the new One World Trade Center and the Perelman Performing Arts Center.


Six World Trade Center was first proposed in 1968 as part of the original World Trade Center complex. The building was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, along with Emery Roth & Sons.[2] Construction was completed in 1973 on the eight-story building. Six World Trade Center was home to the U.S. Customs Service for the state of New York, from 1974 to 2001.[3][4]


After September 11 and cleanup[edit]

During the September 11 attacks, the collapse of the North Tower destroyed large sections of the Six World Trade Center.[4]

The building's ruins were demolished to make way for reconstruction of the current World Trade Center site. AMEC Construction handled the demolition,[5] in which the building was weakened and then pulled down with cables. The new One World Trade Center stands at the site where Six World Trade Center originally stood, with the latter not going to be rebuilt.[6][7] The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center has been called "6 World Trade Center" since there is no building officially with that name.[citation needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the Twin Towers". The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. September 11, 2015. Archived from the original on January 8, 2020. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  2. ^ Norval White; Elliot Willensky; Fran Leadon (2010). AIA guide to New York City (Fifth ed.). New York, New York. p. 136. ISBN 9780199758647.
  3. ^ Huxtable, Ada Louise (October 4, 1973). "New Custom House: Modern, Functional, No Match for the Old". The New York Times. New York City. p. 94. Retrieved February 19, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Lipin, Michael (September 11, 2021). "Ground Zero - Then and Now". Voice of America. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  5. ^ Glanz, James (November 29, 2001). "A NATION CHALLENGED: THE SITE; Engineers Have a Culprit in the Strange Collapse of 7 World Trade Center: Diesel Fuel". The New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  6. ^ Bacon, John (May 2, 2013). "Spire hoisted atop One World Trade Center". USA Today. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  7. ^ Fiandaca, Roberto (July 3, 2018). "A Journey Through the New World Trade Center, New York's Symbol of Rebirth". Elle Decor. Retrieved May 10, 2022.

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