Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2012.652.1
Dimensions: 9.5 in X 4.75 in
Dimensions (Metric): 24.13 cm X 12.065 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Juliette Bergman
Program from the World Trade Center dedication ceremony on April 4, 1973.
Construction of the World Trade Center began on August 5, 1966, under the auspices of the Port of New York Authority (later known as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey). The agency sought to create a contemporary international trade and business hub that would revitalize the economy of lower Manhattan and the metropolitan region.
The first tenants moved into 1 World Trade Center (North Tower) in December 1970 and into 2 World Trade Center (South Tower) 13 months later, before construction of either skyscraper had been completed. The world’s tallest buildings were dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 4, 1973.