July 10, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen
A revised plan for the World War I Memorial in Pershing Park was presented at the June 28, 2017 Consulting Parties Meeting. The Consulting Parties (including the Committee of 100) were asked to submit comments and questions on the latest design. This letter includes such comments and questions. Note that these are NOT the final design comments of the Committee of 100. That will come later when a revised design is submitted for review.
February 22, 2017, Stephen A. Hansen
The two Concepts presented at the Consulting Parties Meeting on February 9 both improve over the concepts presented last September and October. However, we still have some concerns, questions and suggestions as outlined below. It is clear that significant design work, analysis and expense has gone into preparing the two revised designs. However, we want to note that it is still somewhat difficult, even standing in Pershing Park with the designs in hand, to be completely sure of what is being proposed. We hope that the National Park Service will request more clarity in the next stage of plan refinement. That would certainly improve the design review process.
October 24, 2016, Nancy MacWood/John Fondersmith
In summary, we suggest further revisions that would retain as much of the original park design as possible, while incorporating new features such as the central grass panel, the water feature, and the Memorial Wall. We believe a better visual connection between the west side of the park and the Pershing statue area is needed. Finally, we believe improvements of some kind to the Pershing statue area (the walls adjacent to the statue) are needed. Further work on the Memorial Wall design is needed.
May 27, 2015, Nancy MacWood
The redesign of Pershing Park needs to consider relationships with Freedom Plaza to the east and with other adjacent open spaces and buildings. We note that some of the existing Pershing Park features are not easily understood and perhaps improvements can be made when the larger World War I Memorial context is provided.
October 22, 2014, Nancy MacWood
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is asking GSA to give priority to ensuring that the future redevelopment of the J. Edgar Hoover Building-FBI Headquarters site enhances the appearance and vitality of Pennsylvania Avenue.
September 29, 2014, Nancy MacWood
In moving forward with the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative, NCPC and the other agencies and organizations involved should give special consideration to collecting information on various aspects of Pennsylvania Avenue and making it available in understandable form, both in text and graphics. The same is true for the proposals for future development and activation as they are prepared. We note some categories for study in the “Big and Little Ideas for the Avenue” section below.
June 6, 2013, Nancy MacWood
Comments of The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (written by Richard Houghton and John Fondersmith) on the Initial Updated Concepts for Pennsylvania Avenue urging that the larger and longer-range planning program must carry the late 20th century vision for Pennsylvania Avenue into the 21st century.