De­vel­oper of World Trade Cen­ter

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - BY KAREN MATTHEWS — As­so­ci­ated Press

Guy Toz­zoli, an of­fi­cial with the Port Author­ity of New York and New Jersey who su­per­vised the devel­op­ment of New York’s orig­i­nal World Trade Cen­ter and then wit­nessed its de­struc­tion, died Feb. 2 in Myr­tle Beach, S.C. He was 90.

His death was an­nounced by the World Trade Cen­ters As­so­ci­a­tion, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to fur­ther­ing global trade, which he founded in 1970 and led for four decades. No cause of death was dis­closed.

As di­rec­tor of World Trade Cen­ter Devel­op­ment for the Port Author­ity in the 1960s, Mr. Toz­zoli over­saw the de­sign and con­struc­tion of the 110-story tow­ers.

Mr. Toz­zoli was cred­ited with bring­ing Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Mi­noru Ya­masaki to the project. He also fought for the Win­dows on the World restau­rant to be in­cluded in the north tower, and it was his idea to use the dirt ex­ca­vated for the trade cen­ter as land­fill to build Bat­tery Park City.

Guy Fred­er­ick Toz­zoli was born Feb. 12, 1922, in North Ber­gen, N. J., and was a grad­u­ate of Ford­ham Univer­sity in New York, where he also re­ceived a master’s de­gree in physics. He joined the Port Author­ity in 1946 and spent his en­tire ca­reer there ex­cept for Navy ser­vice dur­ing the Korean War. In the 1950s, he helped de­sign the world’s first con­tainer port in Ne­wark.

Mr. Toz­zoli was given the task of plan­ning and build­ing the World Trade Cen­ter in 1962. He co­or­di­nated con­struc­tion of the project and then fo­cused on leas­ing it.

“It will be a city with a work­ing pop­u­la­tion of 50,000 and a land­mark that will at­tract 80,000 vis­i­tors daily,” Mr. Toz­zoli said in an in­ter­view dur­ing that time. “The cen­ter’s 10 mil­lion square feet of space will make it larger than Rock­e­feller Cen­ter. And it’s go­ing to mean a world­wide sell­ing job on our part to get ten­ants to oc­cupy it.”

Mr. Toz­zoli re­tired from the Port Author­ity in 1986 but main­tained an of­fice at the trade cen­ter, where the agency was head­quar­tered. He spent three hours trapped in a stair­case when ter­ror­ists set off a truck bomb in 1993.

Mr. Toz­zoli was about to en­ter the Hol­land Tun­nel head­ing into Man­hat­tan from NewJersey when hi­jacked planes struck the tow­ers on Sept. 11, 2001. He saw the smok­ing north tower and then watched in hor­ror as the sec­ond plane hit the south tower, de­stroy­ing the project that had been his life’s work.

His first mar­riage, to Miriam Lane John­son, ended in di­vorce. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, Cyn­thia; six chil­dren from his first mar­riage; a sis­ter; and two grand­chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the New York Times.


Guy Toz­zoli, former di­rec­tor of World Trade Cen­ter Devel­op­ment for the Port Author­ity of New York and New Jersey, is shown in 2007 in front of a photo he took in 1971 of the con­struc­tion site.

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