Architecture: Stabilizing the Ruins

"What's out there?"

"A lot of ruins."

"What's in the stadium?"

"Ramps, inside and out, and nearly everybody who ever came through has got his name up there."

"Can you find them?"

"Sure, if you look hard enough, and if you're lucky."

When Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall unveiled plans for the new Ellis Island national shrine last week, he set in motion the wheels that in some eight to ten years, with the help of about $12 million, will make some such conversation possible. The overgrown, 27.5-acre island in New York's harbor through which passed more than 16 million immigrants between 1892 and...

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