Accession Number: C.2011.179.2
Dimensions: 21 in X 30.5 in X 38 in
Dimensions (Metric): 53.34 cm X 77.47 cm X 96.52 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
WTC Construction Dedication Pedestal
Recovered stainless-steel pedestal with engraved dedication: "In commemoration of the skill and industry of the thousands of construction workers and Port Authority personnel whose efforts created the World Trade Center | World Trade Center dedication day April 4 1973." The pedestal is damaged with dents, deep scratches, and discoloration.
Construction of the World Trade Center began on August 5, 1966, under the auspices of the Port of New York Authority (later known as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey).
Before construction of either skyscraper had been completed, the world’s tallest buildings were dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 4, 1973. This stainless-steel pedestal was installed on the five-acre Plaza to commemorate the occasion.
The survival of the pedestal within the ruins of the World Trade Center encapsulates the life cycle of this famous landmark. It still retains the original metallic sheen of the Twin Towers' facade but also shows the dents and scars from their destruction on 9/11.