THE BEST DESIGN OF 1993

1 James Ingo Freed: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It's hard to imagine a more difficult architectural commission: design a museum devoted to the Holocaust that is also a fitting memorial to its victims -- and make it beautiful and decorous, and put it on the Mall in Washington, which has heretofore been reserved for stone commemorations of American goodness (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln) and American tragedy (Vietnam). And it's hard to imagine a more successful job of it than that managed by architect Freed, a partner of I.M. Pei's. With its exhibits designed by Ralph Appelbaum, Freed's museum is neither a...

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