Located between the Tidal Basin and the Potomac, the FDR Memorial is mostly comprised
of huge red-granite walls that form open air rooms. On the walls are some of
FDRs famous quotes from the Great Depression and New Deal such as, " The only
thing we have to fear is fear itself".
Ten bronze sculptures and bas-reliefs depict FDR, wife Eleanor and images from
FDRs four terms as president. The park also has waterfalls, reflecting pools and
plenty of shady spots to sit. There is also gift shop that features books on FDR and his
Unveiled in May 1997, the FDR Memorial is one of Washingtons newest monuments.
Upon opening, the memorial received mixed reviews for several reasons. One observation is
that FDR wanted his memorial to be simple and understated, but huge granite walls on 7.5
acres precludes that possibility. Another objection is that FDR is not depicted in his
wheelchair or with his jauntily angled cigarette.
The FDR Memorial is a nice place to sit and rest if you are touring the monuments on
foot. If you decide to take the Tourmobile tours of D.C., the next stop on the tour is a
junction where you can switch busses to see Arlington or other attractions. Therefore,
dont spend too much time resting here, there are places to rest and get refreshments
at the junction.