More about the Building of the Tribute Center
Created from a former deli that is a part of the recovery story
The Tribute Center is located in the former Liberty Deli at 120 Liberty Street, directly across from Ground Zero. In the aftermath of 9/11, the deli became a station where meals were served to rescuers often by celebrities who came to volunteer and give the tired workers a boost. Later, the deli became a distribution point for equipment like gloves, socks, respirators, eye drops and tools.
Building the project
The Tribute Center was conceived of in early 2003 by Jennifer Adams and Lee Ielpi of the September 11th Families' Association, "Until the WTC Memorial and Museum is built, visitors from around the world seek a place to pay tribute to the lives lost and to seek deeper understanding of September 11th." - Jen Adams
An advisory board and planning committees from the 9/11 community, (survivors, residents, recovery workers, volunteers and family members), were involved in every step to insure the authenticity of the content.
Multiple Points of View
Based on Tribute's collection of hundreds of oral histories, we present many diverse points of view in order to give visitors a sense of the broad impact of the tragedy. In addition to describing the terrible human toll, we tell the story of residents displaced for months, businesses shut down and the extraordinarily powerful stories of people's resilience and the generosity of spirit that filled the city after 9/11. Voices involved in the rebuilding and renewal are also included. Currently, more than 300 volunteers, all from the 9/11 community, guide visitors onto the 9/11 Memorial and through Tribute galleries, each sharing his or her own unique experience. The experiences of our volunteers are also featured in the films and exhibits within Tribute.
The Photographs and Artifacts
Thousands of photographs were collected from professional photographers, neighborhood residents, recovery workers and families of victims, to create the feeling of a "family album". Artifacts were loaned by 9/11 community members and the New York State Museum.
Architecture and Design — BKSK Architects
Films — Monadnock Media, Inc.