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BLOGGING FROM A TO Z

A 1970’s Time Capsule

NEWS AND NOTEWORTHY

Be sure to visit my two Pop Culture posts today as well.

The A to Z Challenge has dueling decades going on.  Check out the 1980s theme from a fellow blogger HERE

I know I am reaching with my selection for R but I couldn’t find anything better.  In the 1970s the skyline for two major US cities were forever changed by the construction of two notable skyscrapers.  These two majestic buildings Reached Up and Scraped the Sky.

WORLD TRADE CENTER

The World Trade Center 1973

The World Trade Center 1973

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It featured landmark twin towers, which opened on April 4, 1973, and were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, with 7 World Trade Center collapsing later that day due to the damage it suffered when the twin towers collapsed that morning. The other buildings in the complex were severely damaged by the collapse of the twin towers, and their ruins were eventually demolished.

At the time of their completion, the “Twin Towers” — the original 1 World Trade Center, at 1,368 feet (417 m); and 2 World Trade Center, at 1,362 feet (415 m) — were the tallest buildings in the world.

The World Trade Center complex was rebuilt over a span of more than a decade. The site is being rebuilt with six new skyscrapers, while a memorial to those killed in the attacks and a new rapid transit hub have both opened. One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States, is the lead building for the new complex, reaching more than 100 stories upon its completion in November 2014.

New World Trade Center Complex 2014

New World Trade Center Complex 2014

The following video is the original building of the World Trade Center.

WILLIS TOWER (FORMERLY SEARS TOWER)

Located at 233 South Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois, the Willis Tower, formerly Sears Tower was completed in 1973.  At that time, it surpassed the World Trade Center to become the tallest building in the world.  At 108 stories, 1,451 feet, (different source 110 stories, 1,454 feet) this skyscraper held its tallest record for 25 years.  Today, the Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the 14th-tallest in the world.

At 1,454 feet, the 110-story Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world until 1996, when a twin-tower project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, surpassed it. In the background are two other behemoths of the Chicago skyline, the John Hancock Center, with its tapered sides and twin antennas, and, at the far right, the Amoco Building. (Chicago Tribune photo by John Bartley) ..OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT.. "Chicago Days" 00288152A 150 year images

At 1,454 feet, the 110-story Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world until 1996, when a twin-tower project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, surpassed it. In the background are two other behemoths of the Chicago skyline, the John Hancock Center, with its tapered sides and twin antennas, and, at the far right, the Amoco Building. (Chicago Tribune photo by John Bartley) ..OUTSIDE TRIBUNE CO.- NO MAGS, NO SALES, NO INTERNET, NO TV, CHICAGO OUT.. “Chicago Days” 00288152A 150 year images

 

 

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One response

  1. Birgit says:

    I visited the area a year after 9/11 and it was very sombre indeed. I will never forget seeing a burnt out remains of what used to be a clock…just seared off. it’s nice to see the new one built and I am sure there is a lot of security there now along with the Sears Tower

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