Architect Frederic Schwartz dies at 63

Schwartz credited with Whitehall Ferry Terminal, low-income housing design

Frederic Schwartz and the Sept. 11 Memorial in Jersey City
Frederic Schwartz and the Sept. 11 Memorial in Jersey City

Architect Frederic Schwartz, whose World Trade Center rebuilding plan finished second and who is credited with the creation of Sept. 11 memorials in New Jersey and Westchester County, died Monday at age 63.

Schwartz, who was involved in the design of the new Whitehall Ferry Terminal, airports in India and city design plans in China, also developed low-income housing and led efforts to rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Schwartz succumbed to prostate cancer Monday.

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Schwartz joined forces with architects Rafael Viñoly, Sigeru Ban and landscape architect Ken Smith to devise an entry for the World Trade center Redesign. The team, which called itself Think, devised a plan involving two 1,665-foot latticework towers inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Buildings would be constructed within the duo, and a museum, performing arts center and other public spaces were also in the plan.

He is survived by his wife, mother Charlotte Schwartz and a sister, Barbara Glicksman. [NYT] Julie Strickland