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Freedom Tower: Trump's Sloppy Seconds?

A reader writes to set the record straight on what we thought was David Childs' design for a pre-9/11 NYSE tower, which we said looks somewhat similar to Childs' FT2 design:

The building you refer to as being a David Childs building is neither the NYSE building nor is it a David Childs design. The building you show is actually an unbuilt project for Donald Trump that was designed about seven or eight years ago by James von Klemperer of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. So Childs is ripping off KPF, not himself.Yeesh, we knew Trump would get his fingerprints on the damn thing somehow, but never expected it in such a roundabout way.
· Childs Reaps Rewards of NYSE Investment [Curbed] UPDATE: A reader email to our colleagues at The Gutter expands on the above, offering more details about Childs' possible design process. Full text after the jump.

A Gutter reader emails:

To clear up the debate over the Freedom Tower and the New York Stock Exchange Tower, the Freedom Tower does in fact look like the never built New York Stock Exchange Tower from 1996. Donald Trump proposed the 140 story office building at the end of Wall Street to be built on piers, where countless other proposals had and continue to be proposed. The New York Stock Exchange would be built in a separate building also built on piers. The tower was designed by Kohn, Pederson, and Fox, and despite initial support from the exchange, the FAA killed the project. David Childs had designed a building with a similar taper months in advance as a design study, among many which are still on view at the Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan. To clarify the Curbed reader's email, there were several proposals for a New York Stock Exchange Tower and I am aware of the most recent which was cancelled by Dick Grasso, since I was quoted on the building's architecture in the New York Post when it was still in its earliest stages. That said, the two buildings should not be confused as one, they are entirely separate projects. Perhaps Childs' work on the most recent proposal for the New York Stock Exchange came in contact with the previous KPF proposal?