Chicago architect's design selected for U.S. World War One memorial

Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:03pm EST
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By Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A park-like design by a Chicago architect was selected for the National World War I Memorial in Washington on Tuesday, the project's organizers said.

Architect Joseph Weishaar's design, called "The Weight of Sacrifice," was picked by the World War I Centennial Commission to be built at Pershing Park in downtown Washington. It will commemorate the more than 116,000 Americans who died in the war.

Weishaar, 25, and New York sculptor Sabin Howard headed a team that finished ahead of more than 350 other entrants in a privately funded competition.

The final design faces a number of approvals before it can be built, including that of the National Park Service. It is expected to cost about $35 million.

"We've got a long way to go in the fundraising," Edwin Fountain, vice chairman of the World War I Centennial Commission, told a news conference.

Each cubic foot (0.03 cubic meter) of the memorial represents a U.S. service member who died. The centerpiece is a wall that includes etched images of World War One soldiers in battle or rescuing injured comrades.

Weishaar is a project architect with Brininstool+Lynch in Chicago and a 2013 graduate of the University of Arkansas. The design jury unanimously recommended his design and the commission approved it.

The site will complete the national memorials in Washington to the four great U.S. wars of the 20th century - the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam.   Continued...