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6/14/2012 1:03 PM 

The One World Trade Center under construction is “not exactly the tower New Yorkers were led to believe they would see” when the plan was first unveiled in 2006, the New York Times contends in a new article.

While changes in the spire received international attention last month, there have been several other changes in the design of the iconic tower, David Dunlap writes.

“Taken together, it is true, the design revisions will probably not much alter the presence of 1 World Trade Center on the city’s skyline,” according to Mr. Dunlap. “But they may change its place in the civic consciousness, if the tower is perceived as too isolated or fortified at its base, or as having too little of a symbolic spire at its summit.”

Among the changes: a plaza with steps and a skylight has now been changed to a closed off terrace. And the 185-foot base of the tower will be clad in “hundreds of pairs of 13-foot vertical glass fins set against horizontal bands of eight-inch-wide stainless-steel slats,” instead of prismatic glass.

But the glass panels couldn’t be fabricated, representatives of the developer, the Durst Organization, told the paper. Other changes were made for maintenance or safety reasons, they said.

“We didn’t make the changes to save money,” Durst Organization chairman Douglas Durst told the paper. “The changes were made in order to construct the building.”

The full article can be found here.