|It's not only a historic landmark, but the Verizon Building, originally developed in 1926 and considered one of the world's first art deco skyscrapers, also housed the majority of Lower Manhattan's telephone communications systems and merited a $1.4 billion restoration.|
The 32-story Verizon Building at 140 West St. was one of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It suffered damage when a 60-ft.-tall pile of rubble collapsed against it from the fall of 52-story Seven World Trade Center office building, which stood across the street.
The rubble was responsible for demolishing a quarter of the building's east façade and ruining much of the south facing wall, in addition to damaging foundation walls and two crucial structural columns.
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