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Windows on the World china.
This partial place setting of Windows on the World china survived the collapse of the building because it had been removed to the restaurant owner's home for a private function.



Location: World Trade Center
Source: Gift of Night Sky Windows LLC


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Windows on the World restaurant objects
Description: Artifacts collected from Windows on the World, a well-known World Trade Center restaurant, include a bottle of champagne, dinner spoon, table lamp, champagne flute, soup bowl, salad plate, dessert plate, and coffee cup.

Context: The World Trade Center had a spectacular restaurant, Windows on the World, located on the 107th floor of the north tower with a conference facility on the 106th floor. Offering commanding views of the city, it was a popular destination with building occupants, tourists, and city residents (the restaurant served about 800 dinners nightly).

When the first hijacked plane crashed into the north tower at 8:46 am, the restaurant had regular breakfast patrons on the 107th floor and a conference for the Risk Water Group on the 106th floor. About 73 employees and an unidentified number of patrons died in the fire and building collapse.


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Interior view of restaurant
Windows on the World was known for its elegant appointments and sweeping panoramic view of New York City.
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Soup bowl from the World Trade Centerís Windows on the World restaurant
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Birdís-eye view of cup and saucer from the World Trade Centerís Windows on the World restaurant
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Dessert and appetizer plate from the World Trade Centerís Windows on the World restaurant
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Salad plate from the World Trade Centerís Windows on the World restaurant
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Benefit-dinner program
Program cover from a benefit dinner held in Italy to help Windows on the World restaurant employees. Transcript: AMERICAN MEMORIAL
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"How did I get these if everything was destroyed during the collapse?"
David Shayt
September 11 Collecting Curator. Museum Specialist, Division of Cultural History

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