The complex—located at the southwestern tip of manhattan, near the shore of the hudson river and a few blocks northwest of wall street—was built by the port authority of new york and new jersey as a central facility for businesses and government agencies involved in international trade.
What Was the Trade Center Used For?
When the World Trade Center was built in the early 1970s, its original purpose was to serve as a symbol of New York City’s commerce and industry.
The complex consisted of two 110–story towers, the Twin Towers, and several smaller buildings. The Trade Center was the tallest building in the world until 1973, when it was surpassed by the Sears Tower in Chicago.
The Trade Center was a major tourist destination, with an observation deck on the 107th floor of the South Tower and a shopping mall. The complex also housed the New York City office of the FBI.
On September 11, 2001, the Trade Center was the site of the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. Two planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers, causing them to collapse.
The attacks killed 2,996 people, including 2,753 who were in the towers. The Trade Center was also the site of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six people and injured more than 1,000.