September 11th Memorial - Cos Cob Park

Greenwich, Connecticut

Charles Hilton Architects was proud to be selected by the nonprofit, Greenwich Community Project Fund, to design the September 11th Memorial along with landscape architects Doyle Herman. The design of the Greenwich September 11th Memorial features two clear glass towers clad with an American flag motif with each strip containing the names of those with ties to Greenwich who lost their lives in the towers. The towers stand 12’ tall, are 20” square, and sit perched on a scenic hillside in the new Cos Cob Park overlooking Greenwich’s historic Indian Harbor. Compass points radiate from the center of the plaza pointing to Washington DC, Manhattan’s World Trade Center Site, and Shanksville, PA. The sole victim from Shanksville is memorialized in a separate but adjacent pavement marker. The glass towers sit on stone pavement reminiscent of the World Trade Center plaza which winds down two spiraling hillside paths connecting to the park’s perimeter circulating paths. Surrounding the plaza and approaching paths is a wildflower meadow, protective shrub and tree screening, which provide a protective tranquil setting for visitors and focus the view towards the memorial and out to the harbor setting beyond.

It is CHA’s hope that the collective elements of the glass towers which are transparent and visible simultaneously, the patriotic American flag motif, a wall inscribed with the names of the victims, the baron courtyard, and the diverse wildflower meadow setting on this Greenwich waterfront site will speak to future generations this event of our lifetime.

More information about the September 11th Memorial can be found at: www.sept11memorialgreenwich.org

Footage of the dedication ceremony can be viewed here:
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“Our group has worked with Charles Hilton and his team of talented architects for over 5 years on the design, location and construction of a September 11th Memorial located in Greenwich. We hired Charles based on his unique vision for the Memorial and the care in his approach for the project. Charles Hilton and Nick Rotondi have been incredible to work with, generous with their time, visionary in their design and have been at every meeting from conceptual, to town approval, to construction meetings. They have held our hands throughout the process and have led us to an incredibly successful outcome. It’s hard to please one client, but when your client consists of a board of 9 people, and 32 families tied to a tragic event, the job is nearly impossible. Charles Hilton Architects has pulled off the impossible as its not overwhelming, its unanimous that they have designed and helped us to build a special place for reflection, for education and for remembrance. I know I speak for the entire group and effort behind the Sept 11th Memorial, when I say we are all forever grateful and indebted to Charles Hilton Architects for their incredible work on our behalf. We could not have done it without them.”
— James Ritman, Co-President of the Greenwich Community Project Fund

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“I have been working with Chuck and his team for the last 3 years to execute one of the most incredibly important projects for me and my family. Unfortunately, my cousin passed away on September 11th, 2001 and none of his remains were located. As a result, our family does not have a place to go and reflect which is why this Memorial meant so much to me. When Chuck came on board to design the 9/11 Memorial Greenwich, he listened carefully to the family members and really understood what each person wanted to accomplish in its entirety. Chuck worked diligently to design a Memorial that was powerful but not overbearing. Chuck was very sensitive to the family members needs on the project and executed a beautiful Memorial. The glass towers he designed are exquisite yet subtle and create a sense of peace. Chuck took the time to study and observe the surroundings at which the Memorial would be placed and incorporated those aspects into the final design so that's its design would make an impact. It is absolutely spectacular and I can't see anyone more trustworthy to execute such an incredible piece. I can't say enough about Chuck.. They truly spent countless hours with all of us to ensure our needs were met. Chuck exceeded my expectations and I look forward to working with him again on another project.”
— Demi Ferraris, Co-President of the Greenwich Community Project Fund

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“I have worked with Chuck Hilton for years and there is no one I trust more with such an important project as this. He has tastefully and delicately provided us with a beautiful memorial to honor the Greenwich mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who lost their lives that horrible day. Chuck has worked through this most sensitive of projects with integrity, kindness and skill. So many members of the Greenwich community have put their heart and soul into this project, none more so than Chuck. Thank you.”
—  Sally Maloney, September 11th Family Member

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“Chuck Hilton is the architect for the September 11th Memorial/ Greenwich which will go up this summer in the new Cos Cob Park. He was chosen by the Board and the families of the 9/11 victims with ties to Greenwich because of his brilliant and thoughtful design for the memorial based on "the tributes of light " that went up after 9/11. Chuck, Nick and his team explained every detail of the design and its complex engineering so that we all understood the process. They have great relationships with the Town of Greenwich and contractors so all parties were in constant contact/ update on the plans. Chuck and Nick are immediately responsive to questions and patient when our group needed to make decisions on any part of the planning process. 
The September 11th Greenwich Memorial Board, families and all involved with this fabulous project, are so grateful to Chuck Hilton Associates for making the monument a reality!”
— Gervais Hearn, Greenwich Community Project Fund Committee Member

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“I have had the great pleasure of working with Chuck Hilton Architects on the September 11th Memorial/Greenwich Project. Chuck took the time to truly understand the purpose of this memorial and seamlessly translated that concept into a stunning and "monumental" design. His vision has garnered overwhelming support from loved ones and nearly 1,000 people have donated to our project in order to bring his vision to life. Chuck and his team are talented, organized, focused, and committed. It has been a true pleasure to work with them and we could not be happier to have him on this project.”
— Meggy Hearn, Greenwich Community Project Fund Committee Member

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“The result will be a relaxing environment that will allow visitors to take in the scenery without forgetting why they’re there.”
— W2W Magazine

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“This beautiful monument, with its use of transparent architectural design and symbolism will forever shed light on what was a dark day in our country’s history.”
— Peter Tesei, Greenwich First Selectman

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“Thank you to the Town of Greenwich for showing us what is important about America….  As beautiful and eloquent as this Memorial is, it is more than just a place, more than glass and brick and mortar, it is a spirit.  The terrorists who struck on 9/11 hit the World Trade Center, and they hit the Pentagon, but they missed America”
— Richard Blumenthal, United States Senator

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“This firm is the architect on our Greenwich 9/11 Memorial. It is a stunning steel and glass memorial that has touched the lives of everyone involved in a positive way.”
— David Rabin, Treasurer of the Greenwich Community Project Fund

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“Over a period of more than four years, we (R. G. Hull & Associates Inc.) had the pleasure of working alongside Mr. Charles Hilton and his exceedingly qualified team at Charles Hilton Architects, on the Greenwich, CT., "911 Memorial Project". As the manufacturer and supplier of the custom architectural glass for this project, it was clearly evident, that this project not only required the diligence and professionalism of a firm such as, Charles Hilton Architects, it also required a firm with patience, caring and compassionate hearts in dealing with the sensitive nature of this project. CHA was the most appropriate and well chosen firm for such a project! ”
— Richard G. Hull, R.G. Hull & Associates, Inc.

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