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Key American Public Commemoration Projects: USA Architectural Deigns

post updated August 27, 2021

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May 19, 2021
Harvey Milk Plaza Memorial, Castro District, San Francisco, California
Design: SWA Group

Memorial at Harvey Milk Plaza San Francisco
rendering courtesy Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza & SWA Group
Memorial at Harvey Milk Plaza
SWA Group Selected To Design Inclusive memorial At Harvey Milk Plaza In San Francisco dedicated to visionary LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Leader. Located in The Castro, the historic heart of San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ community, the evolving memorial will emphasize inclusivity, activism, and hope

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Commemorative Designs in the USA, alphabetical:

Jul 16, 2008
Atlanta Arch, Georgia
Atlanta Arch, Georgia lake architecture - American Memorial Buildings
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Atlanta Arch
The biggest civic monument to be built in the USA since 1936 was officially opened in Atlanta on 4th July 2008. Dedicated to 2000 years of peaceful accomplishment, the inauguration ceremony was conducted by a line-up of local and national figures from public life including the Bishop of Atlanta and Congressman John Lewis. Mr Lewis, a friend and colleague of Martin Luther King (who was himself a citizen of Atlanta), declared the site “a place of peace.” The National Monuments Foundation turned to British architect Hugh Petter to create a unifying design for the 70 ft high classical monument which is taller than London’s Wellington Arch.

Jan 17, 2017
Eisenhower Memorial Design, Washington, D.C.
Design: Frank Gehry Architect
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial
image from Frank O. Gehry architects
Eisenhower Memorial Washington DC
The memorial’s key element, a 440-foot-long woven-metal tapestry, remains. But the subject of the tapestry has shifted. It had been a scene of Ike’s hometown of Abilene, Kanas; it is now an aerial view of Normandy, where Allied troops under Ike’s direction landed on D-Day.

Jun 13, 2016
Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, New York, NY
Date built: 1886
Design: Frederic Bartholdi Architect
The Statue of Liberty monument
photograph : Hausman LLC
Statue of Liberty
The Statue closed in October 2011 to undergo upgrades to visitor safety and accessibility. It reopened on October 28, 2012, the 126th anniversary of its original dedication, and then closed again the next day due to the Superstorm. The storm was not the first major challenge faced by the contractor on this project. In 2004, the contractor performed the initial life safety upgrades necessary to re-open the Monument after the events of 9/11.

Feb 1, 2016
The Weight of Sacrifice Memorial, Pershing Park, Washington, D.C.
Design: Joseph Weishaar with sculptor Sabin Howard
Weight of Sacrifice Memorial - American Memorial Buildings
image of design proposal
The Weight of Sacrifice Memorial Washington, D.C.
The site for the memorial is Pershing Park, a triangle on Pennsylvania Avenue just two blocks from the White House. It was designed by M. Paul Friedberg with plantings by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates; saving it has become a cause célèbre, with the Cultural Landscape Foundation (CLF) and its president, Charles Birnbaum, at the forefront.

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Key American Memorial Buildings, no images:

John F Kennedy Memorial, Market Street/Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas
Date built: 1970
Philip Johnson Architect

War Memorial, Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Design: Eero Saarinen Architect

Memorial Buildings
Island of Utøya
photograph from organiser

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC
Date built: 1982
Design: Maya Lin

American Architecture – Selection

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Design: Gehry Partners, Architects, Santa Monica
Los Angeles Concert Hall

Farnsworth House, Plano
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Farnsworth House

University of Iowa building, Iowa City
Design: Steven Holl Architects, New York City
American University

Commonwealth Pier, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Design Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Commonwealth Pier Boston
image © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Commonwealth Pier Boston

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