Looking Back: Constructing the 9/11 Memorial Pools

An aerial view shows construction at the 9/11 Memorial site. The buildings of lower Manhattan and New York Harbor are visible in the distance.
An aerial view of the 9/11 Memorial construction site. Photo by Joe Woolhead.

As winter settles in New York City, we look back seven years ago to January of 2010 when the World Trade Center site and the 9/11 Memorial were being built.

Construction of the 9/11 Memorial, which occupies eight acres of the 16-acre World Trade Center site, began in March of 2006, six months before the fifth anniversary of the attacks.

In this photo, the two memorial pools were undergoing steel framing to prepare the pools for concrete pouring, according to A Place of Remembrance. The pools are now the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.

Although not visible in this aerial photo, beneath the pools the 9/11 Memorial Museum was also under construction at this time.  Artifacts, such as the Last Column and the Survivors’ Stairs were in place at the bedrock level below as the museum was built around them.

When the 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011, the ceremony would represent the commitment of thousands who worked to create a place of solemn reflection and remembrance.

 By 9/11 Memorial Staff


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