Unformatted text preview: carpenters labored during the day.
In case of imminent disaster, an evacuation plan was put in place for the
surrounding area, but the general public knew nothing of the
circumstances… the press was on strike at that time, so news of the
repairs did not disseminate to the populace. About halfway into the
repairs Hurricane Ella formed, and it appeared to be on a collision course
with Manhattan, but fortunately the storm veered out to sea rather than
testing the limits of the half-repaired building. The reinforcements were
completed in September of 1978, and the entire structure was recompleted
evaluated for safety. Following the repairs, the building was found to be
one of the most sturdy skyscrapers in the world. Despite the success, the
crisis was kept hidden from the public for almost twenty years, until an
article appeared in the New Yorker in 1995.
1995. As for LeMessurier, the executives at Citicorp
asked no more than the $2 million his
insurance policy covered, despite the fact that
the repairs alone cost over $8 million. It is
generally thought that his honesty so
impressed the executives that they decided to
keep their lawyers at bay. It is clear that it takes
a lot of character to admit one's own mistakes,
but in accepting responsibility for this flaw and
then leading the repair effort, the character
shown by William J. LeMessurier was nothing
short of heroic.
short Citicorp Center standing over
St. Peter's church
St. The story of William LeMessurier and
Citicorp Center was first told in a brilliant
New Yorker article by Joe Morgenstern in
1995, "The Fifty-Nine-Story Crisis."
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