At the Washington Avenue accident site, a seven-foot statue of a construction worker honors the 28 workers killed, and the 22 injured, when the L’Ambiance Plaza building collapsed halfway through construction on April 23, 1987.
The names of the accident victims are listed on a dedication plaque on the monument’s base.
An 81-unit apartment building was built on the site in 1992, and the memorial to the L’Ambiance Plaza was dedicated a year later. The statue was created by Old Lyme artist Norman Legassie.
A bronze plaque lists the workers killed in the accident, and four helmets sit at the monument’s base. A granite marker, added in June of 2010, honors one of the rescue workers.
The L’Ambiance Plaza tragedy attracted international attention. At the time of its collapse, the complex was being built with the “lift-slab” construction method, in which concrete floor slabs were poured on the ground and raised into position.