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The World Trade Center, 13 Years After

Every year on the anniversary of 9/11, architectural photographer Frank Ritter, www.RitterPhoto.com, contributes a photo essay tracking the progress of the World Trade Center site. This year’s series also includes photos of the recently-opened 9/11 Memorial Museum.

One World Trade Center on 09.11.14.
One World Trade Center on 09.11.14.
Visitors laid flowers on the 9/11 Memorial to remember the victims who lost their lives in the attacks.
Visitors laid flowers on the 9/11 Memorial to remember the victims who lost their lives in the attacks.

 

A Tribute in Light as seen from the 9/11 Memorial.
A Tribute in Light as seen from the 9/11 Memorial.

 

Tribute in Light from West Street.
Tribute in Light from West Street.

 

1WTC’s spire on the evening of 09.11.14.
1WTC’s spire on the evening of 09.11.14.

 

1 WTC, 4 WTC and the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion.
1 WTC, 4 WTC and the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion.

 

The exterior of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion.
The exterior of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion.

 

The entrance to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, with two of 84 tridents that gave the original Twin Towers their distinctive lower façades.
The entrance to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, with two of 84 tridents that gave the original Twin Towers their distinctive lower façades.

 

The Twin Towers tridents.
The Twin Towers tridents.

 

Though it did not breach, the slurry wall (left) suffered damage on 9/11, which required repairs and reinforcement during the recovery and cleanup period.
Though it did not breach, the slurry wall (left) suffered damage on 9/11, which required repairs and reinforcement during the recovery and cleanup period.

 

The Last Column assumed a symbolic status at Ground Zero for the site’s recovery workers and those who witnessed their efforts. It was removed from the site on 05.30. 02. In the weeks leading up to its departure, recovery workers, responders, volunteers, and victims’ relatives signed the column and affixed messages, photographs, and other tributes.
The Last Column assumed a symbolic status at Ground Zero for the site’s recovery workers and those who witnessed their efforts. It was removed from the site on 05.30. 02. In the weeks leading up to its departure, recovery workers, responders, volunteers, and victims’ relatives signed the column and affixed messages, photographs, and other tributes.

 

The column, which once stood in the core of the South Tower, folded over into itself during the tower’s collapse.
The column, which once stood in the core of the South Tower, folded over into itself during the tower’s collapse.

 

Click here to view photos from last year.