WTC Archive – Early plans
In this section: documents relating to the early plans for the Trade Center on a site on the east side of lower Manhattan, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge.
- “First report to the State legislature Submitted: December 31, 1946” An early proposal for a World Trade Center; 12 pages, complete.
- “World Trade Center: A Proposal for the Port of New York” 1-27-60 Proposal from David Rockefeller and John D. Butt, of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association addressed to the governors of New York and New Jersey and the mayor of New York City; 23 pages
- “World Trade Center – Introduction: Planning Division Studies. 7-11-60” A review of site selection and transportation issues; first 10 pages.
- “Memo to John M. Kyle, Chief Engineer from Richard M. Adler, re: World Trade Center Study – request for Stage I estimate – Site development scheme II – 9-12-60” Memo followed by typescript outline; 18 pages, apparently complete.
- “Proposed World trade Center: Preliminary Outline Specifications Scheme III for Stage I Estimate 11-30-60” 14 page document (some uncertainty about page numbering of last two pages)
- “Port of New York Authority Press Release – 3-13-61” Press release announcing the recommendation by the Port Authority to the governors of New York and New Jersey; 9 pages, complete.
- “Compilation of World Trade Center Technical and Physical Planning Data – April 1961” Technical date about the East Side project; first page and last 29 pages of a 68-page document.
- “United States Department of Commerce, ‘New Frontiers in Trade,’ address by Secretary of Commerce Luther H. Hodges to World Trade Luncheon, Hotel Plaza, New York, 5-24-1961” First two pages of a longer document, the rest of which does not relate to the World Trade Center.
- “A World Trade Center in the Port of New York” 1961; the original east side proposal; 28 pages (not counting several missing pages)
- Richard Adler’s initial East Side plan; each page of description is followed by the rendering being described; may be out of order; 17 pages
- Site plan and schematic elevation of the East Side project two pages
- Another rendering of the East Side plan