The Fireside Chat – FDR Memorial

The Fireside Chat - Created by Sculptor Georg Segal - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Fireside Chat - Created by Sculptor Georg Segal - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

This sculpture named The Fireside Chat was created by sculptor George Segal. George Segal created two other sculptures for the FDR Memorial: The Breadline and The Rural Couple

The Fireside Chat is located in Room Two of the FDR Memorial. The lone barefoot man sits on a broken chair. The upper horizontal support between the left front and the left rear legs is missing. But he is engaged, leaning forward, eyes closed, hands clasped, as President Roosevelt talks to him through the radio on the small side table.

Room Two covers the time of the Great Depression, and this sculpture reflects the hope that many people felt that President Roosevelt would lead them through the difficult times.

One of the inscriptions in Room Two is from President Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat on April 14, 1938. It┬áreads:

I never forget that I live in a house owned by all the American people and that I have been given their trust.

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The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located on the southwest edge of the Tidal Basin accessible by foot from the path around the edge of the Tidal Basin with another entrance on West Basin Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the sculpture The Fireside Chat in Room Two of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.


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