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The year was 2005.

The design for the building that would replace the World Trade Center had just been finalized.

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: Architect and designer Daniel Libeskind (R) stands with WTC leaseholder Larry Silverstein (2nd-R), New York State Governor George Pataki (3rd-R) and architect David Childs (R) as they look at a model of the re-built World Trade Center site December 19, 2003 at Federal Hall in New York City. The Freedom Tower will be built on the World Trade Center site and will rise 1,776 feet intio the sky becoming the world's tallest building. The building will contain 2.6 million square feet of office space on 60 stories and the top floors will house roof top restaurants and a public observation deck. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
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It was called the Freedom Tower.

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 19: New York Governor George Pataki (L), leaseholder Larry Silverstein (R) and architect David Childs (partially obscured) look at a model of the New Freedom Tower December 19, 2003 at Federal Hall in New York City. The Freedom Tower will be built on the World Trade Center site and will rise 1,776 feet intio the sky becoming the world's tallest building. The building will contain 2.6 million square feet of office space on 60 stories and the top floors will house roof top restaurants and a public observation deck. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
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But someone did not like that idea.

NEW YORK - MAY 18: The shadow of real estate developer Donald Trump is cast on a model of the exterior skin of his proposed design for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site during a news conference May 18, 2005 in New York City. Trump proposed a modified rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, with an updated and taller design and a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the base of the new towers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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His name was Donald Trump.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Real estate developer Donald Trump holds a news conference at Trump Tower in New York 18 May, 2005, standing next to a nine-foot model of his proposed Twin Towers II, an alternative to the Freedom Tower design that was approved by the city to be built on Ground Zero. Trump's "redesign" would be rebuilt on the original site, only stronger and a floor higher than the Twin Towers destroyed 11 September, 2001. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Trump wanted to rebuild the World Trade Center exactly as it was except for...

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Real estate developer Donald Trump holds a news conference at Trump Tower in New York 18 May, 2005, standing next to a nine-foot model of his proposed Twin Towers II, an alternative to the Freedom Tower design that was approved by the city to be built on Ground Zero. Trump's "redesign" would be rebuilt on the original site, only stronger and a floor higher than the Twin Towers destroyed 11 September, 2001. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

... five floors taller.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Real estate developer Donald Trump holds a news conference at Trump Tower in New York 18 May, 2005, standing next to a nine-foot model of his proposed Twin Towers II, an alternative to the Freedom Tower design that was approved by the city to be built on Ground Zero. Trump's "redesign" would be rebuilt on the original site, only stronger and a floor higher than the Twin Towers destroyed 11 September, 2001. Trump has called the Freedom Tower design inappropriate. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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It would be called the Twin Towers II.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Real estate developer Donald Trump holds a news conference at Trump Tower in New York 18 May, 2005, standing next to a nine-foot model of his proposed Twin Towers II, an alternative to the Freedom Tower design that was approved by the city to be built on Ground Zero. Trump's "redesign" would be rebuilt on the original site, only stronger and a floor higher than the Twin Towers destroyed 11 September, 2001. Trump has called the Freedom Tower design inappropriate. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Trump built a nine-foot model of the Twin Towers II.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Real estate developer Donald Trump held a news conference at Trump Tower in New York 18 May, 2005, where he displayed a model of his proposed Twin Towers II, an alternative to the Freedom Tower design that was approved by the city to be built on Ground Zero. Trump's "redesign" would be rebuilt on the original site, only stronger and a floor higher than the Twin Towers destroyed 11 September, 2001. Trump has called the Freedom Tower design inappropriate. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - MAY 18: Real estate developer Donald Trump (background) speaks during a news conference presenting a model of a proposed design for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site May 18, 2005 in New York City. Trump proposed a modified rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, with an updated and taller design and a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the base of the new towers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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And invited everyone to Trump Tower to see it.

NEW YORK - MAY 18: Real estate developer Donald Trump speaks during a news conference presenting a model of a proposed design for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site May 18, 2005 in New York City. Trump proposed a modified rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, with an updated and taller design and a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the base of the new towers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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And he gave a speech:

Trump's World Trade Center building would have been built exactly on the spot of the original.

NEW YORK - MAY 18: A model presented by real estate developer Donald Trump of a proposed design for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site is seen down the face of the towers May 18, 2005 in New York City. Trump proposed a modified rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, with an updated and taller design and a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the base of the new towers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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But made of stronger material.

NEW YORK - MAY 18: Journalists and visitors gather around a model presented by real estate developer Donald Trump of a proposed design for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site May 18, 2005 in New York City. Trump proposed a modified rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, with an updated and taller design and a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the base of the new towers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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And with this memorial at the base.

NEW YORK - MAY 18: A view of the design for Ground Zero, espoused by real estate developer Donald Trump, is seen May 18, 2005 in New York City. Trump proposed a modified rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, with an updated and taller design and a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the base of the new towers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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Trump's plan raised eyebrows.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Real estate developer Donald Trump holds a news conference at Trump Tower in New York 18 May, 2005, standing next to a nine-foot model of his proposed Twin Towers II, an alternative to the Freedom Tower design that was approved by the city to be built on Ground Zero. Trump's "redesign" would be rebuilt on the original site, only stronger and a floor higher than the Twin Towers destroyed 11 September, 2001. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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And caused major political headaches for those in charge of the Freedom Tower design.

NEW YORK - MAY 6: New York governor George Pataki speaks at a construction site during a press conference on May 6, 2005 in New York. Gov. Pataki has said that he and other officials involved with developing the World Trade Center site have agreed to overhaul the design of the Freedom Tower to address security issues raised by the Police Department. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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But even though polling at the time seemed in favor of re-establishing the Twin Towers on the New York skyline...

MSNBC-Poll

This was not meant to be.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Real estate developer Donald Trump held a news conference at Trump Tower in New York 18 May, 2005, where he displayed a model of his proposed Twin Towers II, an alternative to the Freedom Tower design that was approved by the city to be built on Ground Zero. Trump's "redesign" would be rebuilt on the original site, only stronger and a floor higher than the Twin Towers destroyed 11 September, 2001. Trump has called the Freedom Tower design inappropriate. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

This plan was completed.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: The site model of lower Manhattan with the Freedom Tower as designed by David Childs now on display at the Winter Garden September 6, 2006 in New York City. Ceremonies in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania are scheduled for this coming Monday, the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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And today, the New York skyline looks like this:

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 4: A 9/11Security worker keeps an eye on tourist as he patrols around Ground Zero and One World Trade Center on July 4, 2015 in New York City. Security was heightened with more than 7.000 NYPD officers at landmark places and crowded streets after that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert calling for local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats following recent calls for violence by Islamic State militants. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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Sorry, Donald.

NEW YORK - MAY 18: Real estate developer Donald Trump speaks at a news conference presenting a proposed rebuilding of the World Trade Center May 18, 2005 in New York City. Trump proposed a modified rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, with a slightly updated and taller design and a memorial to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the base of the new towers. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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