Three World Financial Center
3 World Financial Center also known as American Express Tower, is one of the thirty tallest skyscrapers in New York City, located on West Street between Liberty Street and Vesey Street in Lower Manhattan. Rising 739 feet (225 m), the building is the tallest of the four buildings in the World Financial Center complex that stands in southwest Manhattan. It is similar in design to Two World Financial Center, except that its roof is a solid pyramid rather than 2 WFC's dome-shaped design.

Three World Financial Center was severely damaged by the falling debris when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on September 11, 2001. The building's southeast corner took heavy structural damage, though the effects were not enough to create a threat of collapse. The building had to be closed for repairs from September 11, 2001 until May 2002 as a result of damage sustained in the terrorist attacks. 3 World Financial Center is today World headquarters of American Express, and was once World Headquarters of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

The building is home to the world headquarters of American Express, among other companies. It is an example of postmodern architecture, as designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, and contains over 2.1 million square feet (195,000 m²) of rentable office area. It connects to the rest of the World Financial Center complex through a courtyard leading to the Winter Garden, a dramatic glass-and-steel public space with a 120 ft (37 m) vaulted ceiling under which there is an assortment of trees and plants, including sixteen 40 ft (12 m) palm trees from the Mojave Desert. It is notably similar in design to One Canada Square in London's Canary Wharf development. Canary Wharf was, like the World Financial Center, a project by Canadian developers Olympia & York, and One Canada Square was designed by the same principal architect.


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