Photo credit: American Architectural Foundation
Accession Number: C.2009.48.1
Dimensions: 90 in X 92 ½ in X 69 ¾ in
Dimensions (Metric): 228.6 cm X 233.68 cm X 175.26 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the American Architectural Foundation, made in association with Save America's Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and at the National Endowment for the Arts, Alcoa, Otis Elevator Company, McGraw-Hill Construction, the American Institute of Architects and Minoru Yamasaki Associates
Model of the World Trade Center created by the architectural firm Minoru Yamasaki Associates, Inc. It is the largest existing, and most detailed, of the firm’s original series of architectural presentation models of the complex. Constructed between 1969 and 1971, the model features approximately 300 people and 175 cars.
In 1962, the Port of New York Authority commissioned architect Minoru Yamasaki (American, 1912–1986) and his firm to design the World Trade Center. Together, client and architect, considered many possibilities before settling on the plan for the buildings that came to be known as the Twin Towers. This architectural presentation model allowed the client to see the way the entire 16-acre complex would look upon completion.