Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial information

Washington, DC , USA
400 W Basin Dr SW
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Metro: Smithsonian
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The 7.5-acre memorial pays tribute to the longest-serving president in US history and the era he governed. Visitors are taken through four red-granite ‘rooms’ that narrate FDR’s time in office, from the Depression to the New Deal to WWII. The story is told through statuary and inscriptions, punctuated with fountains and peaceful alcoves. It's especially pretty at night, when the marble shimmers in the glossy stillness of the Tidal Basin.

The irony is, FDR didn’t want a grand memorial. Instead, he requested a modest stone slab by the Archives building. DC honored that request too.