The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission was established by Congress
in 1955. Its guidelines invited prospective designers to look to "the character
and work of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to give us the theme of a memorial
that will do him the honor he deserves and transmit his image to future
generations." It was not until May 1997 that the memorial took its place
in Washington, D.C., alongside other Presidential memorials. Designed by
Lawrence Halprin, the memorial incorporates the work of prominent American
artists Leonard Baskin, Neil Estern, Robert Graham, Thomas Hardy, and George
Segal, as well as master stonecarver John Benson.
The memorial stands in West Potomac Park, between the Tidal Basin and the
Potomac River. At the front entrance is an information area and a bookstore.
Park rangers are available from 8 a.m. to midnight. The Franklin Delano
Roosevelt Memorial is part of the National Park System, one of more than
370 parks that are examples of our nation's natural and cultural heritage.
The memorial is administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department
of the Interior. Address inquiries to: Superintendent, National Capital
Parks-Central, 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024-2000. Further information
is available from the FDR
Memorial Homepage at http://www.nps.gov/fdrm/index2.htm.
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