9/11 Memorial Glade

9/11 Memorial Glade

Winter Update

Two craftsmen in Barre, Vt., are transforming large blocks of quarried granite into the focal point of the 9/11 Memorial Glade. They use sledgehammers, chisels and blowtorches to shape the stone’s rough edges into the first of six massive monoliths, which will play a central role in the most significant development of the 9/11 Memorial since its construction. Both stonemasons carry a profound appreciation for the challenges faced by those whom the Glade memorializes as they continue to work on this project.


Construction on the 9/11 Memorial Glade began in fall 2018 to create a dedicated space to honor the ongoing sacrifice of rescue, recovery and relief workers, and the survivors and members of the broader lower Manhattan community, who are sick or have died from exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11; it will also recognize the courage, selflessness and perseverance of the men and women of the rescue and recovery effort.

The planned completion for the 9/11 Memorial Glade is May 30, 2019, the 17th anniversary of the official end of the recovery effort. The Glade design was developed by the Memorial’s architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker, with the thoughtful support of 9/11-health advocates and providers, 9/11 family members, first responders and lower Manhattan residents.



Design Elements:

• The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is leading in the planning, design and development of the Glade with the Memorial’s original architects, Michael Arad and Peter Walker. This ongoing collaboration ensures the site's aesthetic continuity and timeless sacredness.

• The $5 million cost depends on financial support from individual and corporate philanthropy as well as state appropriation. Former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who has advocated for 9/11-health benefits, is helping to lead a major fundraising effort. To date, New York State (through its affiliates), Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Building Trade Unions committed to funding a portion of the project.

• The design includes a pathway flanked by six large stone monoliths pointed skyward that are worn, but not beaten, symbolizing strength and determination through adversity. 

• The Glade’s physical location marks the historical placement of the main ramp which provided access to bedrock during the recovery period. In the history of the World Trade Center, the ramp played an essential role allowing victims’ families to access the site following the attacks as well as workers who removed debris and established a pathway for rebuilding.

• Each monolith weighs between 15 and 17.5 tons. Their design will incorporate steel from the original World Trade Center inspired by a Japanese art technique called kintsugi.

• An inscription is being developed to complement the physical design. Each stakeholder constituency continues to provide insight and feedback as the inscription for the Glade is developed.


This page will be updated with more information and project developments as they become available.



Renderings and animation were produced by MOSO Studios for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.