Old Skyscraper Renderings and Construction


7 World Trade Center construction 1986

Also probably my next postcard purchase

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The original World Trade Center model from 1964 (all towers are connected)
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Reworking the model for updates


Completed

Restoration, 2003

2023

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New Yok | WTC (cancelled)

This was the first design for the construction of the WTC from 1959.


1959 rendering of East Side World Trade Center below Brooklyn Bridge.

The three buildings that stand to the south of it were part of the plan to relocate the Stock Exchange.


or 1969

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North tower antenna construction, first broadcast was made on December 19, 1978. The shot above might be earlier in the year

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Metropolitan Tower under construction 1985
Posted by Macklowe Properties on Instagram

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One Commerce Square finishing construction, May 1987. You can see the diamond on top is not completely clad yet, along with One Liberty Place just weeks away from topping out

Bell Atlantic Tower heavily under construction not long before topping out, February 1989

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Are the former designs for the New WTC old enough for this thread? Found some renderings of its previous iterations on the Web Archive of wtc.com and thought they made for a neat comparison, in addition to one I made:




First rendering by Studio Libeskind; second by Gaspar Giroud Pichot; last photo by Pierre Blaché

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^ Yes, they definitely fit here


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Does anyone know what the intent for the smaller spire was?

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It says wind turbine spire on the last image. Not sure why it was cut though, could be many different plausible reasons.

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Thank you!
Here’s some more

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Interestingly, it was briefly considered in a design study for 5WTC to be above the PATH station rather than at 130 Liberty (if only just to rule it out as an option):
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Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20031121124027/http://www.renewnyc.com/plan_des_dev/refined_slideshow/slide01.asp

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The Philadelphia Inquirer


Digital Hagley-J. Victor Dallin Aerial Survey collection (Accession 1970.200)

The Drake finishing construction mid 1929. First beam placed September 8, 1928, and the building opened September 30, 1929. It was supposed to open June 1, and at the end of 1928 it was expected to cost 2,100,000 but it ended up being 5,000,000. Keep in mind a major event in 1929, but the tower was still deemed successful



Market Street East Master Plan-BLT Architects

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I love this building. Thank you. :orange_heart:

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Me as well! I had to do research on it, since there’s barely information out there. But I was digging DEEP last night, I even found the architect of my high-school (Charles R. Peddle). Another fact about the buildings is many people confuse this tower as the one next to Central Park in Ghostbusters. But that was just a practical model


https://theasc.com/articles/visual-effects-for-ghostbusters

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It was filmed at 55 Central Park West. The model was just used for the Marshmallow man scenes lol.

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Demolition work underway April 1928, showing the original design


Permits approved for The Drake, July 1928. The first column of The Drake was placed on site on September 1, 1928



The steel frame of The Drake under construction in Philadelphia, October 16, 1928. Getty has the image labeled from August 1928, but that does not fit the timeline above. I found a publication showing photographs from the same day, showing October 16, 1928 as the date

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Love this building so much -







Fantastic find by @Mackensen
The book is Philadelphia by Bill Harris, published at the end of 1986. The photographs are taken (presumably) in April 1986, almost two months before One Commerce Square topped out (June 6, 1986). At the time of these photographs, One Liberty Place was four to eight stories high

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