9/11 TRIBUTE EXHIBIT TO FEATURE
THE LARGEST WORLD TRADE CENTER ARTIFACT IN TEXAS
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is proud to be the designated caretakers of N-101 from the World Trade Center's North Tower. The beam, a full-façade panel that once supported the three floors (101-103) located two stories above the center of the impact zone of the North Tower, is the largest artifact in Texas from the World Trade Center. The artifact will be the focus of 9/11 Tribute, a permanent exhibit that will be installed in the Museum's iconic Urban Lantern
Comprised of three steel columns, three stories high, bolted together, the artifact weighs approximately 8,000 pounds and measures 36 feet high by 6 feet wide by 3 feet thick. It is one of the few recovered pieces the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been able to trace to its exact location within the tower. Officially known as WTC 1, Column 133, floors 100-103 NIST Steel # N-101, Impact Steel by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, it is now simply referred to as N-101.
“The Museum is deeply honored that we will be able to provide the community with a tribute site that pays homage to 9/11, the people who perished in the attacks and the brave men and women who served as first responders on that tragic day,” said Museum President Van A. Romans. “As a history museum, ours is an appropriate venue for such an important American artifact, and we are delighted to make it possible for our guests to have access to it.”
Construction on the 9/11 Tribute installation is planned for August / September 2013. The architect and project coordinator for the installation is Bennett, Benner & Pettit. The 9/11 Tribute exhibit will be free to the public.
Installation of the artifact in the Museum’s Urban Lantern will allow visitors to Fort Worth and the Museum of Science and History to view the artifact free of charge and on a very personal level. The exhibit will present the artifact in vertical orientation as it was positioned in the exterior structural frame of the North Tower immediately above the impact zone. Visitors will be provided close proximity viewing of the artifact allowing them to fully experience and emotionally connect with the magnitude of the attack and subsequent building collapse.
We view this opportunity, in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, as a national responsibility and obligation to our public to educate, inform and advance the gravity of this event.
ABOUT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ARTIFACT
WTC 1, Column 133, floors 100-103, NIST Steel #N-101, Impact Steel
(Name given by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
At 8:46 a.m. EST on September 11, 2001, hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 11, carrying 87 passengers and crew members, into floors 94-98 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Since that tragic day, pieces from the twin towers have been extracted, preserved and catalogued, to be distributed to cities around the country. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was bestowed the honor of being the caretaker of one of these historic artifacts.
In 2010, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans and former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief sent in a request to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to be selected to receive a piece of the fallen twin towers.
The artifact arrived at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in February 2011.
BNSF Logistics handled the delivery of the massive steel beam from New York City to Fort Worth free of charge to the Museum.
The artifact is comprised of a large 3-column, 3-story full-façade panel from floors 101, 102, and 103—just two floors above the center of impact. It is one of the few recovered pieces the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been able to trace to its exact locations on the structure.
The artifact is a full-façade panel measuring 36 feet tall x 6 feet wide x 3 feet thick.
The artifact weighs approximately 8,000 pounds.
The steel is .5 inch thick.
70 other structural pieces from the site have been assigned to Texas, but the artifact given to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is the largest in Texas. The George W. Bush Library’s artifact is 22 feet tall by 6 feet wide.
Bennet, Benner & Pettit is the architectural designer for the Museum’s permanent outdoor tribute where the artifact will be installed.
The permanent exhibit will be located to the right of the Museum’s main entrance.