Theme memo blog. News, discussion and information about the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

The Lens: Viewing the 9/11 Memorial

Staff photographer Amy Dreher snaps a lot of pictures at the World Trade Center site, documenting the construction progress of the 9/11 Memorial. Amy also trains her lens on the smaller pieces that may be overlooked with a project of this magnitude. Through “The Lens: Viewing the 9/11 Memorial,” readers of The MEMO blog can share some of the unique vantage points captured by Amy.

Shuttered, not Forgotten: Recently, photographer Amy Dreher snapped a picture of a sign (above) posted on the emergency loading dock of the now closed St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village. Years ago, missing posters hung from the walls of the now defunct hospital.  

As noted by Alexandra Drakakis of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the hospital was one of the closest to the World Trade Center site. Its walls attracted missing posters distributed by the family and friends of those last seen on their way to work at the World Trade Center towers that morning or in the vicinity of the WTC complex, Drakakis said.  As days and weeks passed, these posters became memorials to the loved ones no longer expected to be found alive. Those posters have long gone. And now so too has St. Vincent's. But the history remains and will be told in the memorial museum.

By Michael Frazier, Sr. Communications Manager for the 9/11 Memorial.

Alexandra Drakakis and Amy Dreher contributed to the post.