Public Art : FDR Memorial
Also Known As: The original Franklin D Roosevelt
Designed By :
In Memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1882-1945
In September 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called his friend, Supreme Court Justice
Frankfurter, to the White House and asked the Justice to remember the wish he then expressed:
"If any memorial is erected to me, I know exactly what I should like it to be. I should like it to
consist of a block about the size of this (putting his hand on his desk) and placed in the center of
that green plot in front of the Archives Building. I don't care what it is made of, whether limestone
or granite or whatnot, but I want it plain without any ornamentation, with the simple carving, 'In
Memory of ____'."
A small group of living associates of the President, on April 12, 1965, the twentieth anniversary of
his death, fulfilled his wish by providing and dedicating this modest memorial.
Date: April 12th, 1965
Location: The personally requested FDR memorial can
be found on the lawn in front of the Archives Building on the corner of 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington DC, USA.