Monuments: Darts of Stone

In the national capital, Jefferson and Lincoln have their memorials, Washington his towering obelisk, and plans are ready for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. But nearly 22 years after his death, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who held the presidency longer than anybody else, lacks any monument other than a small marker on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The reason is not for lack of trying. In 1959, a committee set up by Congress held an international competition, received 574 entries and picked as the winner a design by William Pedersen and Bradford Tilney, who...

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