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American Express Building Evacuated

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NU Online News Service, Sept. 13, 2:11 p.m. – New York radio station WINS is reporting that authorities have evacuated rescue workers from the American Express building at the World Financial Center complex, a complex next to the Manhattan World Trade Center complex, because smoke appears to be coming from the building and there are worries about its stability.

The 51-story, 2.3 million-square-foot building, also known as 3 World Financial Center, was designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates and is now owned by Brookfield Financial Properties, a subsidiary of Brascan Corp., Toronto.

The value of the building was assessed at $184 million in 1999, according to a paper by the City Project, New York, a nonprofit group, at

The Skyscraper Museum, New York, has posted a photo and description of the building at

In addition to American Express, 3 World Financial Center tenants have included Lehman Brothers and Bridge Information Systems. Ordinary New Yorkers know the building as the site of the Winter Garden, a spectacular indoor atrium known as a favorite location for weddings and wedding photos.

Terrorists set off an ongoing series of fires and explosions Tuesday by crashing two hijacked passenger jets into the trade center’s famous 110-story twin towers. Smoke is still billowing from the rubble, in part because of gas leaks rescue workers have not been able to reach.

The Vista Hotel and 1 Liberty Plaza also appear to be in danger, according to WINS.