3 World Trade Center

News / Press

9/11 Memorial Foundation Gets Makeover

9/11 Memorial Foundation Gets Makeover

Aug 15, 2007
By By: Carl MacGowan | Newsday | Newsday

The circuitous effort to build a permanent Sept. 11 memorial took another turn Tuesday when the group leading the effort changed its name.

In a bid to broaden its appeal, the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation announced the new name, outlined a 15-city goodwill tour beginning next month and unveiled a redesigned Web site, national911memorial.org.

Now called the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, the group said the project will be less parochial.

“When we open the memorial, we expect that about 5 million people will come to visit and we expect that a lot of them will be from around the country and around the world, and they will know that this is an American project,” president Joe Daniels said.

The $600 million project, including a museum and memorial plaza with two pools and waterfalls, is under construction on 8 acres at the site of the fallen Twin Towers. The plaza is due to open in late 2009, with the museum due for completion in 2010, foundation officials said.

The group has raised $300 million toward a goal of $350 million, Daniels said. The federal government has pledged $250 million, and the state of New York will kick in $80 million, he said.

Once projected to cost nearly $1 billion, the project struggled as fund raising lagged and its original leader resigned.

Donations have doubled since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took control of the foundation last year, Daniels said.

The tour begins Sept. 10 in Charleston, S.C., and will continue through Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and smaller cities such as Norfolk, Va., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Des Moines. Tour visitors will be invited to sign a 4-ton steel beam manufactured in Charleston that is destined for use in the memorial’s construction.

Daniels said memorial organizers will tour larger cities later. The tour is intended to recognize efforts such as one launched by a Charleston school that raised $700,000 for a fire truck.

“This tour needs to be about participation,” Daniels said. “The $5 that is thrown into the pot or the money that comes from a bake sale is just as important” as corporate donations, he said.

-Aerial View of Memorial Quadrant

-Memorial Plaza

-Museum Pavilion Exterior with Tridents

-Museum Pavilion Interior with Tridents

-South Pool of Memorial


Terms of Use

Copyright License

Use of this Website is subject to the terms of this disclaimer and by using the Website, you agree to these terms. Silverstein Properties, Inc. ("Silverstein") publishes this Website solely for general informational purposes and nothing herein is intended to be an offer of property, or leasehold or goods or services or employment or a representation as to property, or leasehold or goods or services or employment that will be provided to any person. Silverstein obtains some of the information on the Website from third parties and makes reasonable efforts to provide accurate information on the website. However, it cannot guarantee its accuracy and under no circumstances will it be responsible for inaccuracies whether in material provided by Silverstein or obtained from third parties. The information contained herein may change without notice. The information contained herein will only be considered a representation of Silverstein if repeated in a final contract signed by an authorized Silverstein representative.


Silverstein Properties, Inc. grants to you a limited non-exclusive, non-transferable license to view, copy and print the material on this web site (other than the design or layout of this Website) for your non-commercial or personal use only. All copies that you make must retain all copyright and other notices that are on this Website. Otherwise, you may not use, distribute, sell, modify, transmit, revise, reverse engineer, republish, post or create derivative works of the material on this Website without Silverstein Properties, Inc.'s prior written permission in each instance.

© Silverstein Properties, Inc., all rights reserved except as expressly provided elsewhere on this Website.