Cladding Fragment from the World Trade Center


Description: This crumpled piece of exterior sheathing from the World Trade Center was recovered from the debris pile.

Context: The twin towers of the World Trade Center, a New York City landmark and the tallest buildings in the world when completed in 1973, were noted for their incredible 110-story height and their gleaming exterior. The towers were clad in an aluminum alloy sheathing that gave the buildings a golden sheen at sunrise and sunset. The material covered the closely-spaced exterior steel columns, enhancing their soaring appearance.

Date Made: late 1960s-early 1970s

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade CenterRecovered: United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center

Related Event: Attack on the World Trade CenterSeptember 11th Attacks

Subject: September 11 Terrorist Attacks

See more items in: Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, 9/11, Government, Politics, and Reform, Engineering, Building, and Architecture, September 11


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0205.05Accession Number: 2002.0205Catalog Number: 2002.0205.05

Object Name: cladding fragment

Physical Description: aluminum alloy (overall material)Measurements: overall: 55 in x 16 in x 9 in; 139.7 cm x 40.64 cm x 22.86 cm


Record Id: nmah_1182954

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