In the hours after the Twin Towers collapsed, a stairwell proved to be a lifesaver for emergency personnel and a few workers escaping the building. As the towers fell around them, survivors marveled at how the stairs that had connected the outdoor plaza to the street below had shielded them from debris from two of the world’s largest buildings.
Now, the staircase, which is still intact, will be moved from Ground Zero to 200 feet away while crews work on the site. Eventually it will find its way into the memorial and museum that will be built into the new buildings. The concrete stair structure is the only remaining remnant of what was the World Trade Center.
Survivors had wished that the staircase remained exactly where it rests. Design issues forced the move.