Great Place Wednesday: FDR Memorial, Washington D.C.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial is a presidential memorial dedicated to the memory of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and to the era he represents. For the memorial’s designer, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, the memorial site represents the capstone of a distinguished career,partly because the landscape architect had fond memories of Roosevelt, and partly because of the sheer difficulty of the task.

Dedicated on May 2, 1997 by President Bill Clinton, the monument, spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of the history of the United Statesthrough a sequence of four outdoor rooms, one for each of FDR’s terms of office. Sculptures inspired by photographs depict the 32nd president alongside his dog Fala. Other sculptures depict scenes from the Great Depression, such as listening to a fireside chat on the radio and waiting in a bread line, a bronze sculpture by George Segal. A bronze statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt standing before the United Nations emblem honors her dedication to theUN. It is the only presidential memorial to depict a First Lady.

02

 

 

03

 

04

 

05

 

01

 

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 11.36.50 AM