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FDR Wheelchair Sculpture – FDR Memorial

Sculpture of FDR Using a Wheelchair Similar to One He Actually Used - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Sculpture of FDR Using a Wheelchair Similar to One He Actually Used - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

After the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated in 1997, an additional sculpture of FDR was added near the entrance to the memorial of FDR sitting in a wheelchair similar to one he actually used. This additional statue was placed in the memorial in January 2001.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located next to the Tidal Basin which is surrounded by Washington DC’s blooming cherry trees. In the photograph above a cherry tree with its blossoms is visible in the upper left corner.

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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 FDR Wheelchair Sculpture in 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.

The Presidential Seal – FDR Memorial

The Presidential Seal - Created by Sculptor Tom Hardy - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Presidential Seal - Created by Sculptor Tom Hardy - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

This sculpture named The Presidential Seal was created by sculptor Tom Hardy. This sculpture was created out of welded bronze.

The Presidential Seal is located in Room One of the FDR Memorial. The Seal appears in this sculpture as it did on March 4, 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as president for the first time.

Room One is designed to recall President Roosevelt’s first term. He entered office during the Great Depression and at a time when many people were suffering, afraid and had little in the way of hope for the future. But many people believed that the new president brought with him a sense of confidence and optimism and an ability to tap into the strength of the American people.

One inscription in Room One came from the president’s Fireside Chat on September 30, 1934:

No Country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.

Another inscription came from a campaign address in 1932:

In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice, the path of faith, the path of hope and the path of love toward our fellow men.

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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 Presidential Seal in Room One of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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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 reads:

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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The Breadline – FDR Memorial

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

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

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

The Breadline is located in Room Two of the FDR Memorial. The five figures in the sculpture, all male, all with eyes downcast and all dressed in long coats and hats as a defense against the cold, stand in line against a brick wall and wait for food that may be only bread. The windowless wooden door they all face remains closed in front of them.

Room Two covers the time of the Great Depression, and this sculpture reflects the difficulties encountered by many people.

The inscription partly above and partly to the left of this sculpture is from 1937. It reads:

I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

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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 Breadline 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.

The Rural Couple – FDR Memorial

The Rural Couple - Created by Sculptor Georg Segal - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Rural Couple - Created by Sculptor Georg Segal - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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

The sculpture is located in Room Two of the FDR Memorial. The figures are both mature and solemn with eyes downcast. The man stands and the woman sits in a wooden chair before what appears to be a barn wall made of rough hewn wood. To the couple’s right is a stable door with the upper half of the door swung open into a position flat against the barn wall. Only a dull, flat surface is visible through the open part of the door.

Room Two acknowledges and this sculpture reflects the privation of the Great Depression.

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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 Rural Couple 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.

Eleanor Roosevelt – FDR Memorial

Statue of Eleanor Roosevelt With UN Seal In the Background - Created by Sculptor Neil Estern - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Statue of Eleanor Roosevelt With UN Seal In the Background - Created by Sculptor Neil Estern - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

This sculpture of Eleanor Roosevelt was created by sculptor Neil Estern. Neil Estern also created the seated figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his dog Fala nearby.

The statue of Elanor Roosevelt is located in Room Four of the FDR Memorial. In the background is a United Nations seal. Eleanor Roosevelt was one first delegates from the United States to the UN.

Eleanor Roosevelt is in one respect first of First Ladies, as the first First Lady to be recognized in sculpture in a presidential memorial.

Room Four reflects President Roosevelt’s brief fourth term. He took the oath of office for the fourth time on January 20, 1945 and passed away a short time later on April 12, 1945 only days before the end of World War II in Europe.

Inscriptions in Room Four, from 1941:

Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Freedom from want. Freedom from fear.

From 1943:

Unless the peace that follows recognizes that the whole world is one neighborhood and does justice to the whole human race, the germs of another world war will remain as a constant threat to mankind.

From 1945 from an undelivered speech scheduled to be delivered on Thomas Jefferson Day, the day following President Roosevelt’s death:

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all wars.

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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 Eleanor Roosevelt Statute in 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.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Statute of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Sculptor Neil Estern in Room Three of the FDR Memorial

Statute of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Sculptor Neil Estern in Room Three of the FDR Memorial

Fala Waits Near the Seated Figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Fala Waits Near the Seated Figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial covers 7.5 acres and serves as a memorial to FDR and as a remembrance for the difficult times when he served as president. The large space is divided into four areas or rooms, each representing one of his four terms in office.

The huge memorial has defined areas created by walls of red colored granite from South Dakota. This expansive design creates the effect of an outdoor museum, park and garden combined with space for waterfalls, sculpture and quiet areas.

The images in this entry are of the sculpture of FDR in Room Three of the memorial. The sculpture by Neil Estern depicts the seated figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his dog Fala sitting near him.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The inscription next to this statue is from 1941:

They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers . . . call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.

Other inscriptions from Room Three, include this one from 1940:

We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

And this one from 1936:

I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded.I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed.I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

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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 entrance area 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.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial With Cherry Blossoms and Seagulls

Thomas Jefferson Memorial With Seagulls. A lone cherry blossom tree is visible at the left edge of the photograph.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial With Seagulls. A lone cherry blossom tree is visible at the left edge of the photograph.

Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Light Pink Cherry Blossoms

Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Light Pink Cherry Blossoms

This memorial was built between 1939 and 1943, and the statute of Thomas Jefferson was placed in the center of the memorial in 1947.

Many more seagulls than you might expect to find in Washington DC find time to visit the Tidal Basin. Some visitors provide food for the seagulls, and that can attract them in huge numbers.

Blossoming cherry trees line the edge of the Tidal Basis and provide a powerful attraction for visitors during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring of each year. The peak bloom date for cherry blossoms changes each year, but it is usually in the first week of April.

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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is located on the south edge of the Tidal Basin just off of Ohio Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Viewed Underneath the Deep Pink Blossoms of a Cherry Tree

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Viewed Underneath the Deep Pink Blossoms of a Cherry Tree

Cherry Blossoms and the Washington Monument

Spring in Washington - The Washington Monument Rises Above the Cherry Blossoms

Spring in Washington - The Washington Monument Rises Above the Cherry Blossoms

Every spring around the first of April the cherry blossoms come to Washington.

Spring Has Come to Washington - The Washington Monument Framed by Cherry Blossoms

Spring Has Come to Washington - The Washington Monument Framed by Cherry Blossoms

The blossoms are accompanied by the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and busload after busload of visitors.

When the blossoms come, the sidewalks that wind through and under the cherry blossom trees are often crowded with visitors from early in the morning until late into the evening.

Many of the cherry blossom trees line the edge of the tidal basin where the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is located.

This picture of the Washington Monument was taken from the sidewalk around the edge of the Tidal Basin.

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Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington Monument.

Carousel on the Mall

Horses and Zebras Are Some of the Ride-Worthy Animals in the Carousel on the Mall

Horses and Zebras Are Some of the Ride-Worthy Animals in the Carousel on the Mall

The best (in fact only) children’s ride on the National Mall is a colorful, old-fashioned carousel.

Carousel on the Mall - White Horse With Golden Mane

Carousel on the Mall - White Horse With Golden Mane

S. Dillon Ripley (1913 – 2001) was the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, serving from 1964 to 1984. In the Spring of 1967 he put a carousel on the mall.

The Carousel on the Mall is located on the southern edge of the National Mall at Jefferson Drive SW directly in front of the Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries building. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Carousel on the Mall.

Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Carousel on the Mall.

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