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Introduction
1)
Title
Freedom Stone 9/11
2)
Town, State
Hauppauge, NY
3)
ID #
1903
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 11, 2011
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
April 18, 2012
6)
Site Worked Last
April 19, 2012
Description
The Freedom Stone 9/11 Memorial evokes and mourns those who lost their lives and loved ones in terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Situated on Motor Parkway at Moreland Street, Hauppauge, New York, the work, if inwardly, implies the World Trade Center site in Manhattan. The granite memorial remembers almost 3,000 WTC victims – killed when al-Qaeda terrorists that vivid Tuesday morning in September hijacked and crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the WTC and United Airlines Flight 175 into its south tower. The dead included passengers and crew aboard the jets, WTC workers and visitors, public safety personnel as well as foreigners and other U.S. citizens. Notably, inside our need to remember to look forward, the memorial pays tribute to the continuing importance of and our desire for the nation’s granite-like spirit of freedom to endure.

• The creation of the Freedom Stone marker was a joint undertaking that, first, attached the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, designers of the then-named Freedom Tower, to design consultants Pentagram, an international design studio and partnership with a base in New York. The joint venture’s deliverable was to propose and produce the cornerstone for the then-just-underway, and what is now called, One World Trade Center being built by AECOM’s Tishman Construction unit. Pentagram’s designer, Michael Gericke, partnered with Skidmore to design the stone. An additional member then joined this undertaking at ground zero, Innovative Stone of Hauppauge; it identified, prepared and turned out a piece of granite rock that would become the cornerstone, in Spring, 2004. At five-feet, six-inches in height and weighing-in at 20-plus tons, the rock work Innovative harvested from Ruby Mountain, located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains near North River, was formidable. Also, the stone was enticing, its multi-faceted, garnet-speckled surfaces off its earth-hued colors reflecting light gently and confidently. (The garnet is the official gemstone of New York.) At Innovative’s plant on Long Island, the memorial’s inscription, formed by letters two and four inches high, in all-capitals and lighted with a bright silver-leaf, was engraved in a sans-serif typeface by John Garafolo. This typeface, titled Gotham, fittingly, was created and developed by Brooklyn-born Tobias Frere-Jones, in 2000 at Hoefler Type Foundry, New York (Jonathan Hoefler, founder). The firm would later be called Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Neither Mr. Hoefler nor Mr. Frere-Jones was aware that Gotham was the chosen typeface until after the stone’s unveiling July 4, 2004; it had been available on the market for a couple years following its commissioning by, and for, the publication GQ. (This according to reporter David W. Dunlop of The New York Times. See citations below.) The memorial’s minimalist text – certainly as these things go -- was agreed to in advance by the major stakeholders. The stone, finally, was buffed and polished by Innovative’s Josveek Huligar.

• The Freedom Stone was produced, originally, in 2004, to become the cornerstone for the new Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center. It was dedicated July 4 of that year during a cornerstone-laying event in the midst of the World Trade Center’s 16-acre construction site. Present and participating were government leaders -- New York governor George E. Pataki, New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey, New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg – as well as other individual, religious and public officials and representatives. But, as final design plans for the Freedom Tower continued moving forward and evolving, enhanced security took an ever-more prominent place at the design table. Subsequently, because of this prominence and perceived additional security needs, especially as they related to the 1993 and 2001 bombings, plans for the design and construction of the Freedom Tower, particularly its lower levels, were materially altered. It became clear that the intended cornerstone – this Freedom Stone – could not work as originally intended. The stone would, then, leave the ground zero site on a truck-bed, June 23, 2006, its departing fanfare a far cry from its arriving welcome. Later, in Hauppauge, out on eastern Long Island, at the site of its creators, the Freedom Stone Memorial was re-dedicated September 11, 2009. From this new site, the monument continues to remember and remind us of the trauma and tragedy associated with the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville. And many believe, still, that in time the monument will return to the World Trade Center site, where it was first meant to be.
Content
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1)
Loss & perseverance
2)
Group of common citizens/persons
3)
Not Applicable
4)
Male and Female
5)
Combination
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Geometric w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock
5)
Large
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2700-745.1, 2700-745.2, 2700-745.3, 2700-745.4, 2700-745.5, 2700-745.6, 2700-745.7
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Pentagram
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Hefler & Frere-Jones
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Innovative Stone 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Hauppauge 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NY 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
13.5)
Fabricator/Builder 2
J. Ratto Landscaping
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
5 Good
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
4 Satisfactory
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.0 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
Not Entered
5)
July 04, 2004
6)
September 11, 2009
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Business/Commerce/Organization
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
Demography
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1)
File Number
17
2)
Town/City
Hauppauge
3)
County
Suffolk
4)
District
Smithtown
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
11788
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.8066160000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.2606080000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Motor Parkway
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Moreland Rd
12)
Additional Identifier 1
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Business/businesses
16.2)
Government, State
17)
2001-current
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 11, 2011
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Correspondence
19.3)
Newspaper
19.4)
Promotional Materials
19.5)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
April 18, 2012
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
21.1)
Newspaper
21.2)
Website
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DESIGN NOTE: Project architect for the Freedom Tower, now One World Trade Center, is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
SITE MAINTENANCE: Business/Commerce/Organization -- Innovative Stone, Hauppauge, NY, Karen Pearse, CEO
SPONSOR(S): State -- New York, New Jersey via Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Inc.
SPONSOR(S): Business/businesses -- Innovative Stone, Hauppauge.
SOURCES (1): From The New York Times: David W. Dunlop (Jason George and Colin Moynihan contributing), “Rebirth Marked by Cornerstone at Ground Zero,” July 5, 2004; David W. Dunlap, “A 9/11 Cornerstone, Chiseled With a New York Accent,” July 8, 2004; David W. Dunlap, “With Tower Yet to Rise, Cornerstone Leaves Town,” June 24, 2006.
SOURCES (2): Dana Filipowski, “‘Freedom Stone’ to be Rededicated in Hauppauge at 9/11 Memorial Unveiling,” Long Island Press.com, August 13, 2009; Peter Haskell, “Freedom Tower Cornerstone Has a Future,” reporting for WCBS 880 radio, August 13, 2009; Kioli, “9/11 Intimate Ceremony of Remembrance with Innovative Stone on Long Island,” September 9, 2010; Elaine Piniat, “‘Freedom Stone’ Ceremony Honors 9/11 Responders, Families,” Elaine Piniat, Long Island Press, September 10, 2010; “Rededication Ceremony Scheduled for Freedom Stone,” Stone World, August 6, 2009.



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