As a retired architect whose firm, Davis Brody Bond, was the lead designer of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Steve Fisher of Middle Village was invited to tour the underground place of remembrance earlier this week, prior to its opening to the general public on Wednesday.
“While I was an eyewitness to the destruction of the towers over a dozen years ago from the windows of our office building about a mile to the north, it felt like no time has passed since that terrible day,” Fisher, a Queens Chronicle contributing photographer, told the paper in an email. “And while I had had a chance to stand at the bottom, at ground zero, in 2006, when I stood in temporarily for one of DBB’s other project managers, I was still not prepared for today. And while I had seen models of the proposed museum in DBB’s office for many of the years during the design process, the enormity of the museum space still overwhelmed me today.”
The Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States killed 2,977 people immediately, excluding the perpetrators. Others died later from illnesses caused by the slaughter’s aftermath.
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