Exclusive Photos: Come With Me Inside of One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) On Its First Day

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One World Trade Center Lobby
The Main Lobby at One World Trade Center. (Faces the 9/11 Memorial.)

In late October of last year, I embarked on a nearly three week around the world journey. Starting with a few days in Washington DC with my family, I eventually made my way up to New York before flying to Europe and then on to Hong Kong.

Some time between Amsterdam and Hong Kong, I developed a bad cough which ultimately morphed into a nasty flu by the time I returned home. (Hence the name.) Ultimately I was bed ridden for nearly two weeks upon my return, but it was still worth it.

One World Trade Center Photos

Today marked the official opening of One World Trade Center. (Formerly known as the Freedom Tower.) After 13 years of construction and numerous cost overruns and delays, the building opened to its first major tenant, Conde Nast.

I just happen to be in New York today, so I wandered down to the World Trade Center site and was surprised to see they are allowing the general public into the lobby area of the building.

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This will be the entrance to the public observation deck which opens next year.

While anything past the lobby is closed to the public, I was able to take some nice photos. The building has two lobby areas, one that faces the memorial and the other which faces the opposite direction.

Both lobbies look like art galleries with plenty of marble, white walls and beautiful art on display. The front lobby (which faces the Memorial) has a beautiful painting which stretches across it.

One World Trade Center Lobby
This carpet is located just inside the doors from the outside.

More Photos of One World Trade Center

Here are some of the photos from my visit. If you enjoy them don’t forget to share with your friends and on social media!

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Outside of One World Trade Center.
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The painting on display in the main lobby.
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One of the Conde Nast elevator banks.
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A closer look at the beautiful painting.
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The main lobby.
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The main lobby.
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The back lobby. (Facing away from the WTC Memorial.)
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A janitor mops the elevator bank at the back lobby.
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A painting hangs above a Conde Nast sign in the back lobby.
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Construction is still going on in the basement of the building.
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One World Trade Center Lobby
One World Trade Center Lobby
One World Trade Center Lobby
One World Trade Center Lobby
Water from the memorial fountain on the 9/11 Memorial.
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9/11 Memorial.
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One World Trade Center.
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A flower is put on a person’s name on their birthday.

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