What Was In Building 7?
Building 7 was one of New York City's larger buildings. A sleek bronze-colored skyscraper with a trapezoidal footprint, it occupied an entire city block and rose over 600 feet above street level.
Built in 1985, it was formerly the headquarters of the junk-bond firm Drexel Burnham Lambert, which contributed to the Savings and Loans collapse, prompting the $500-billion taxpayer-underwritten bailout of the latter 1980s. At the time of its destruction, it exclusively housed government agencies and financial institutions. It contained offices of the IRS, Secret Service, and SEC.
|Salomon Smith Barney||1,202,900||GRND,1-6,13,18-46||Financial Institution|
|IRS Regional Council||90,430||24, 25||Government|
|U.S. Secret Service||85,343||9,10||Government|
|American Express Bank International||106,117||7,8,13||Financial Institution|
|Standard Chartered Bank||111,398||10,13,26,27||Financial Institution|
|Provident Financial Management||9,000||7,13||Financial Institution|
|ITT Hartford Insurance Group||122,590||19-21||[Insurance]|
|First State Management Group, Inc||4,000||21||Insurance|
|Federal Home Loan Bank||47,490||22||Financial Institution|
|Securities & Exchange Commission||106,117||11,12,13||Government|
|Mayor's Office of Emergency Mgmt||45,815||23||Government|
One of the most interesting tenants was then-Mayor Giuliani's Office of Emergency Management, and its emergency command center on the 23rd floor. This floor received 15 million dollars worth of renovations, including independent and secure air and water supplies, and bullet and bomb resistant windows designed to withstand 200 MPH winds. 2 The 1993 bombing must have been part of the rationale for the command center, which overlooked the Twin Towers, a prime terrorist target.
How curious that on the day of the attack, Guiliani and his entourage set up shop in a different headquarters, abandoning the special bunker designed precisely for such an event. 3
2. Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism, Gotham Gazette, 9/12/01
3. Giuliani Improvises After Command Center Gets Hit, Washington Technology, 10/08/01 [cached]