Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2011.179.132
Dimensions: 107 in X 95 ½ in X 91 in
Dimensions (Metric): 271.78 cm X 241.3 cm X 231.14 cm
Credit Line: Recovered from the World Trade Center site after September 11, 2001
Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Wood platform staircase and wood posts covered in handwritten messages and signatures.
Shortly after 9/11, the New York City Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit and other members of the city administration began escorting relatives of victims to the World Trade Center site. The city, respectful of the families’ wishes for a private place in which to mourn, pray, and remember their loved ones, provided a platform that offered a protective overlook onto the site. Built under the direction of the Port Authority, it was transformed into a memorial filled with flowers, teddy bears, and cards. Its wooden surfaces, including the support posts, were inscribed with personal messages to those who had been killed.