Memorials: A Monument to F.D.R.

A Monument to F.D.R.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said he did not want any memorial to him to be any larger than his Oval Office desk. In fact, an inconspicuous block of marble about that size was erected in front of the National Archives Building in Washington 20 years after he died, in 1945. But as his place in history has grown, so too has the demand for something grander. Next year ground will at last be broken on a "gardenesque" layout of granite walls and waterfalls near the Potomac River.

The procrastination has had less to do with political attitudes toward F.D.R. than with...

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