Twin Towers Developer John L. Tishman Dies at 90

A photo from New York Harbor shows the lower Manhattan skyline and the World Trade Center under construction in 1970.
World Trade Center under construction, ca 1970. Collection of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Gift of the Photographer, David Bream.

John L. Tishman, the real estate developer whose Tishman Realty and Construction Company transformed the skylines of major cities, died at the age of 90 at his Bedford, N.Y. home, according to The New York Times. Tishman supervised the construction of some of the world’s earliest skyscrapers, including Chicago’s John Hancock Center in 1970 and New York City’s World Trade Center in 1973. The Times noted that the Tishman company’s experience in Chicago "stood the firm in good stead with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey," as Tishman was chosen over two competitors in 1967 to construct the Twin Towers.Tishman's son, Daniel R. Tishman, is the chairman of the board of Tishman Construction. The younger Tishman also sits on the board of directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 

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