Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, D.C.) : View of carved quotation

Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000
Halprin, Lawrence, 1916-2009
Segal, George, 1924-2000
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
completed 1997
Physical Description:
7.5 ac (area)
Date Depicted:
1950 AD - 2010 AD
stone; bronze
Designed by Lawrence Halprin and dedicated in May 1997, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial incorporates the work of prominent American artists Leonard Baskin, Neil Estern, Robert Graham, Thomas Hardy, and George Segal, as well as master stonecarver (epigrapher) John Benson. The memorial is divided into four outdoor galleries, or rooms, one for each of FDR's terms in office. The rooms are defined by walls of red South Dakota granite and by ornamental plantings; quotations from FDR are carved into the granite. Water cascades and quiet pools are present throughout. A sculpture of the Presidential seal is mounted inside the entryway. The first room introduces FDR's early presidency. In the second room, sculptural groups -- an urban breadline, a rural couple, and a man listening to a fireside chat -- recall both the despair and the hope of the times. In the third room, Roosevelt appears as a seated figure; his beloved dog Fala sits nearby. The fourth room honors the life and legacy of FDR. A sculptural relief of Roosevelt's funeral cortege hangs in an alcove. The statue of Eleanor Roosevelt commemorates her role as First Lady, as well as her later work as United Nations delegate and champion for human rights. In the plaza is a timeline of important dates and events from the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Twentieth century
Accession Number:
landscape architecture: memorials (AAT)
memorials (AAT)
sculpture (AAT)
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
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Yale Community Only
epigraphy; John Benson animal; architecture; military or war; rulers and leaders; Great Depression and the New Deal; Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962 ; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 ; World War, 1939-1945 Twentieth century built works;
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Five
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
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