In Progress: Four Freedoms Park / Louis Kahn

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Last September, we shared the news of ’s memorial park for the southernmost tip of Roosevelt Island. Kahn had designed the park in the 70s, but after his sudden death, the plan was forgotten until 1992 when the MoMA featured the scheme in an exhibition.   Upon learning of Kahn’s thoughtful and architecturally compelling ideas to commemorate FDR and his Four Freedoms speech,  the public quickly advocated its completion.   As we reported earlier, at the end of Kahn’s axial tree-lined triangular “Garden”, a 72 sqf   “Room” will contain excerpts from the text of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech.  This room, contained by 12 foot high granite columns, is meant for contemplation and remembrance as Kahn’s stoic material palette, clear formal attitude, and forced perspective of the skyline will create, what we imagine will be, a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.   With Kahn’s simple gestures, the memorial will preserve a time in American history where FDR’s leadership inspired hope to endure the Great Depression and the second World War.  We’re excited for the memorial to be completed and we’ll keep you up to date with its progress.

A great sample of construction photos and renderings after the break.

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Cite: Cilento, Karen. "In Progress: Four Freedoms Park / Louis Kahn" 02 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • R. Girard

    wohh, project based on Kahn’s plans, in front of project based on Corbu’s plans…

    Do you people think that Kahn was inspired of the Pingusson’s memorial in Paris?