The building begun to rises in mid 1979 and was opened in the Summer of 1981. At the time of its opening the Vista Hotel was considered a financial success and was a great influence on the opening of hotels and residential towers on Financial District during the 1980s and 1990s, included the development of the future Battery Park City’s and the development of the development of the World Financial Center, on the other side of West Street. The success of the Vista was influenced by its innovative design, classified under the canons of the Postmodernist movement, and the facilities of housing for the national and international financial workers who work and come to World Trade Center and Financial District’s adjacent buildings, and contributed to the final consolidation of the WTC complex as the Center of the Global Tardo-Capitalist World.
According with Stern (2006):
“The Vista’s principal entrance was on West Street, where the building took on a surprising specificity as it hugged the roadbed’s curving trajectory. The editors of the AIA Guide were impressed by the ‘handsome’ hotel with ‘its elegant… curtain wall,’ declaring it ‘better than… its enormous WTC neighbors ‘ even though it understandably looked ‘out of place.’ Well aware of its ‘isolated’ location, the Vista included substantial recreational amenities, including a swimming pool, jogging track, gymnasium, and two racquet-ball courts. The hotel’s operators also offered express bus service to midtown, organized tours of Lower Manhattan, arranged for a Lower East Side weekend shopping package, and emphasize in its promotional literature that fifty percent of the room offered views to the Statue of the Liberty. Writing on the New York Times nine months after its opening, Laurie Johnston deemed the Vista, with its ‘austerely elegant two-level-lobby,’ a success, ‘bringing new life’ to the area, despite the fact that it was ‘more than three miles south of the midtown hotel heartland and almost in a world or at least city, of its own’” (Stern. 2006. Page 265).
The hotel was a complete success that made new life to the Financial District until February 26, 1993, when the extreme terrorism came to the city and a bomb was damaged the building concourse. Renovated few months after, the hotel continuing operating under the control of the Marriott Hotel until the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but this history will be told by other occasion.
View of the World Trade Center from Hudson River showing the new Vista Hotel (3 WTC by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1981). 1982.
Aerial view of the Twin Tower with the new Vista Hotel between it. July 1981.
Detail of the hotel's reflective glass and aluminum facade. 1997. Photo: Horacio Patrone. Flickr.
Next, a general panorama of 1981.
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