Six World Trade Center

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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 names6 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; -74.01333Coordinates: 40°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]
DemolishedSeptember 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
ArchitectYamasaki & Associates
Emery Roth & Sons
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 during the September 11 attacks.

Original building (1973–2001)[edit]

Six World Trade Center was first proposed in 1968 as part of the original World Trade Center complex. The building was designed by Emery Roth & Sons, along with Yamasaki Associates. Construction was completed in 1973. The original Six World Trade Center was home to the U.S. Customs Service for the state of New York, from 1974 to 2001. It was a 537,693-square-foot (49,953-square-meter), eight-story building, the shortest in the World Trade Center complex. From the Austin J. Tobin Plaza level, on which the main structure was built, it had a height of 92 feet (28 m) but was 105 feet (32 m) above the actual ground level. Six World Trade Center was connected to the North Tower via underground entrances at the concourse and plaza levels and a small pedestrian walkway that extended from the south promenade of Six World Trade Center to the North Tower on plaza level. The Vesey Street Bridge (which was connected to the World Financial Center) was directly connected to Six World Trade Center's main building structure on plaza level, which connected both the World Financial Center and the World Trade Center together. Another two pedestrian walkways (which both were connected to Seven World Trade Center) were connected to the north promenade of Six World Trade Center. It was demolished following the destruction of the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, when 10 al-Qaeda participants hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, crashing them into the Twin Towers. After burning for less than two hours, both 110-story towers collapsed. The collapse of the North Tower destroyed large sections of the Six World Trade Center beyond repair, and the remnants of the building were pulled down using cables.[citation needed]


After September 11 and cleanup (2001–present)[edit]

The building's ruins were demolished to make way for reconstruction of the current World Trade Center site. AMEC Construction handled the demolition,[2] 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. It is not being rebuilt in the New World Trade Center for unknown reasons.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of the Twin 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2015
  2. ^ The New York Times. "A Nation Challenged: The Site." October 13, 2001.

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