In 1988, plans were revealed for a 1,050-foot-tall, 65-story Philadelphia World Trade Center supertall at 456 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard on the Northern Liberties waterfront. The tower would have stood just to the north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, located close to the boundary between North Philadelphia and Center City. The plan, which later evolved to the World Trade Square project, consisted of three shorter high-rises alongside the main tower. The skyscraper was designed by Kling Lindquist, which was also bend the Bell Atlantic Tower and the unbuilt Center City Tower. Carl Marks Real Estate Team, along with Lance Silver and Stuart Harting, were the developers.
The tower was planned right as developer Willard G. Rouse had just finished constructing One Liberty Place just a few months prior, with foundation work in progress at the adjacent Two Liberty Place.
The tower would have a square footprint and feature a mixture of glass, stone, and metal. An open crown would have contained a globe that with communications equipment hidden beneath a beacon lighting display.
The skyscraper would have been visible from numerous vantage points, as it would have stood in a low-rise area. the tower would have come into dramatic view from Penn’s Landing and the Camden waterfront, as well as from the I-95, from Port Richmond, and more.