Construction on the Freedom Tower began April 27th 2006
The new World Trade Center
Construction on the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center (informally known as the Freedom Tower), began on April 27th in 2006.
The original World Trade Center, conceived as an urban renewal project aimed at revitalizing Lower Manhattan, was led by David Rockefeller in the 1960s, and designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki.
Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the area was rebuilt into the new World Trade Center, designed by architect David Childs. A symbolic cornerstone was placed on July 4th, 2004. The nearby National September 11th Memorial & Museum opened to the public on September 12, 2011, and 1 WTC opened on November 3rd, 2014.
Including the tower's spire, the structure stands at a height of 1,776 feet (to represent the year the Declaration of Independence was signed), the tallest building in the city and the fourth tallest skyscraper in the world after Dubai's Burj Khalifa, Mecca's Abraj Al-Bait, and the Shanghai Tower.