The National World War I Memorial is a national memorial commemorating the service rendered by members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I. The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the World War I Centennial Commission to build the memorial in Pershing Park, located at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. The park, which has existed since 1981, also contains the John J. Pershing General of the Armies commemorative work. In January 2016, the design commission selected the submission “The Weight of Sacrifice”, by a team consisting of Joseph Weishaar, Sabin Howard, Phoebe Lickwar, and GWWO Architects, as the winning design, which is expected to be completed by 2024. Source: Wikipedia.
- C100 Comments WWI Mem MOA NPS
- March 15, 2019, Stephen A. Hansen
The Committee of 100 has advocated retaining as much of the original Pershing Park design as possible while still accommodating the World War I Memorial in a meaningful way. It is important to stress and continue the “urban park” role and benefits of this important open space.
- C100 Comments NPS Latest WWI Memorial Design
- February 26, 2019, Stephen A. Hansen
The Committee of 100 believes it is important to continue to stress the “urban park” role of this overall park. Probably half or more of future visitors will be there to enjoy the “urban park” features of the park.
- C100 Comments NCPC WWI Memorial
- January 18, 2019, Stephen A. Hansen
In deciding on the final design for the World War I Memorial in Pershing Park, it is important to continue to stress the “urban park” role of this overall park. Probably half of the visitors to the park will be there to enjoy the urban park features of Pershing Park.
- C100 Comments World War I Memorial Design
- October 1, 2018, Stephen A. Hansen
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is still concerned about some elements of the latest design for the World War I Memorial in Pershing Park, both in terms of some of the latest design aspects (especially the location of the walkways leading to and in front of the memorial sculpture) and also how information about American participation in World War I is provided at the Memorial. The Committee of 100 comments were sent to the National Capital Planning Commission for consideration at the Commission's October 4, 2018 meeting.
- C100 Comments World War I Memorial Design
- March 15, 2018, Stephen A. Hansen
The Committee of 100 on the Federal City has advocated retaining as much of the original Pershing Park design as possible while still accommodating the World War I Memorial in a meaningful way.
- C100 Comments On The Latest Design For The World War I Memorial In Pershing Park
- 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.
- C100 Comments WWI Memorial Pershing Park
- 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.
- 2016-10-24 C100 Comments Pershing Park
- 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.
- C100 Comments Proposed World War I Memorial
- 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.