Cornell Real Estate Review


On October 21, 2004, developer Larry Silverstein joined Governor George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg in signing the final steel beam for 7 World Trade Center before 500 of the project’s construction workers. The beam, wrapped in the same American flag that had been used less than two decades prior for the original building, was then hoisted over 700 feet and set into place atop the 52-storey structure1.


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