Survivors Stairway relocation adds fuel to preservation row.The Port Authority has confirmed the so-called Survivors Stairway--the last standing ruin from the former World Trade Center that helped thousands of people escape the attacks--will be moved from its current location on the site of the new Tower Two.
However, preservationists and WTC WTC World Trade Center, see there developer, Larry Silverstein Larry A. Silverstein (born 1932 in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York) is an American billionaire real estate investor and operator and the head of Silverstein Properties, a real estate development group. , continue to face off as the clock ticks and decisions about how the staircase will be moved, where it will be moved to and whether it should be relocated permanently, remain undetermined.
"The decision will have to be made and the staircase will have to be moved no later than February 2007," said Steve Coleman Steve Coleman, born September 20 1956, spokesperson for the , is an American saxophone player, spontaneous composer, composer and band leader. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, self-sustaining public corporation established in 1921 by the states of New York and New Jersey to administer the activities of the New York–New Jersey port area, which has a waterfront of c. .
Preservationists regard the staircase as a ruin that can provide tangible evidence about the events of September 11, 2001, in a way that the new buildings being planned cannot, according Peg Breen, president of the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Landmarks Conservancy.
Silverstein has yet to fully integrate the staircase into his plans and has said that, although he's willing to examine all the options, studies to date indicate that installing the 75-ton concrete remnant in the lobby of the new tower would pose real safety and security challenges.
Preservationists hope the staircase can be moved in its entirety.
Robert Silman, principal of Robert Silman Architects, investigated methods for moving the structure as a consultant to the New York Landmarks Conservancy. He found a common method perfectly viable for moving the staircase.
The 174-pound structure would be scooped up onto steel beams, cut free from its foundation, jacked up into the air and then moved on a track onto Vesey Street. It would then be moved by dollies to a temporary holding place.
At a recent Port Authority meeting, Silverstein and architect Lord Norman Foster proposed a plan to chop most of the staircase and relocate that portion outside Tower 2, however that plan was rejected by preservation groups.
"We feel that their proposal to segment the stairway stairway
Series or flight of steps that provides a means of moving from one level to another. The earliest stairways seem to have been built with walls on both sides, as in Egyptian pylons dating from the 2nd millennium BC. and preserve only a small portion of the stair treads will permanently destroy the stairway's historic integrity. We would add that, as a result of the many thousands of emails the World Trade Center Survivors Network and Parade Magazine have received from concerned citizens from all over the country, we feel that the symbolic and iconic i·con·ic
1. Of, relating to, or having the character of an icon.
2. Having a conventional formulaic style. Used of certain memorial statues and busts. status if the Survivors' Stairway must be taken into the consideration of all further preservation designs," wrote Richard Zimbler, member of the steering committee steer·ing committee
A committee that sets agendas and schedules of business, as for a legislative body or other assemblage.
Noun of the World Trade Center Survivors Network in a recent letter to the Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. Lower Manhattan is generally defined as the area delineated on the north by Chambers Street, on the west by the Hudson River (North Development Corporation.
As the survivor's staircase was named by the National Trust for Historic Places as one of Americas most endangered places, activists continue to question why its status seems so precarious.
"The Port Authority and Silverstein have to follow federal law and federal process. We showed this staircase was historic and so our first priority is to save it. If they can't do that, they have to prove conclusively why that isn't possible. We are dealing with a federal process here that has to be respected," Breen said.