In 1911, the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed 146 lives, most of whom were young immigrant women. To commemorate the garment workers who perished in the fire, activists from the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition have revealed proposals to construct a memorial at the site of the disaster.
Located in Greenwich Village at 29 Washington Place, the original landmarked building that housed the factory is owned by New York University, and houses some of the institution’s biology and chemistry labs. Following a design competition hosted by the coalition, architects Richard Joon Yoo and Uri Wegman were commissioned for the memorial which they have titled “Reframing the Sky.”
On the building’s ground floor facade, designers have proposed the installation a reflective panel with a brief history of the fire and the names of each identified victim. As a symbolic marker of where many the workers died, a textured, stainless steel ribbon would rise from the first floor up to the building’s ninth floor, just below the existing ornamental cornice.
Pending approvals, the memorial is expected to be finished by March 25, 2020, which would be the 109th anniversary of the fire.