Cladding Fragment from the World Trade Center

Cladding Fragment from the World Trade Center

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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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cladding fragment
Date made
late 1960s-early 1970s
Place Made
United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center
United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center
Physical Description
aluminum alloy (overall material)
overall: 55 in x 16 in x 9 in; 139.7 cm x 40.64 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Attack on the World Trade Center
September 11th Attacks
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Engineering, Building, and Architecture
September 11
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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