August 2009

The first Museum artifact is moved from conservation to the Museum when the 36-foot steel-beam fragment, called the “Last Column” returned to the World Trade Center Site for permanent installation in the Museum.

The column, adorned with tributes from family members, rescue personnel and members of the construction trades was the final piece of steel to be removed from the site in May 2002.

Measuring 52.5 inches by 22.5 inches at the base, the “Last Column” is the surviving fragment of a steel rectangular box beam that once stood vertically from bedrock to the roof of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Early in the morning, the Column was removed from preservation at Hangar 17 at JFK airport to the World Trade Center site. There, construction workers spent four hours positioning a 121,000 pound capacity crane to transfer the Column to bedrock of the site. The Column, boxed and wrapped to protect the artifact from the elements, was then lowered approximately 70 feet, and placed upright on a new footing.


Photo by Joe Woolhead


Photo by Joe Woolhead


Photo by Joe Woolhead


Photo by Joe Woolhead


Photo by Joe Woolhead