WWII Memorial on Vets Day

Bronze eagles inside one of two pavilions symbolizing the two main theaters of WWII. (Photos by David Brussat)

Bronze eagles inside one of two pavilions symbolizing the two main theaters of WWII.

Here are some photographs I took of the National World War II Memorial on the mall at Washington in 2011. The memorial was designed by Rhode Island architect Friedrich St. Florian, who won an international design competition in 1997. To amend and approve the proposal required half a decade, a lot of which was filled with bitter controversy, much of it manufactured by interest groups opposed to the idea of another classical monument. Last year saw the tenth anniversary of the memorial’s completion. Its popularity with veterans, and especially the diminishing number of World War II veterans, has been a source of considerable satisfaction to St. Florian, who was born in Austria.

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About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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One Response to WWII Memorial on Vets Day

  1. Did you get a picture of Kilroy?

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