The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has just announced that it has been given Minoru Yamasaki’s final presentation model (he built 108 different prototypes) of the World Trade Center Tower Project. It has been donated by the American Architectural Foundation in Washington, D.C., where the model is currently on view until January 15. Built by precision mold-makers working in the Detroit automobile industry near Yamasaki’s office, the model’s three-dimensionality and realism is unprecedented for architectural models of the period, according to the museum. It stands over 7 feet tall on an 8-by-10-foot base (at a scale of 1:200) and contains replicas of 300 cars and 170 people. It was entirely restored by the foundation in 2003 and remains the best physical relic of the WTC, but will go into storage until the new museum opens its own exhibition facilities at ground zero.
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