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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Gravesite of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Headstone and Flat Grave Marker for F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Wife Zelda Sayre in Old St. Mary's Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland

Headstone and Flat Grave Marker for F. Scott Fitzgerald and His Wife Zelda Sayre in Old St. Mary's Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland

Half Dozen Red Roses at the Grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Half Dozen Red Roses at the Grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald are buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery located next to Old St. Mary’s Church in Rockville, Maryland only a few steps from the Rockville Metro Station. The entrance to the cemetery is through a metal gate located next to the front door of Old St. Mary’s Church.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He died on December 21, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was born July 24, 1900 and died March 10, 1948.

Fitzgerald is the author of many stories published both in various magazines and in books as collections. In addition he is the author of the following novels:

  • This Side of Paradise (1920)
  • The Beautiful and Damned (1922)
  • The Great Gatsby (1925)
  • Tender Is the Night (1934)
  • The Last Tycoon (1941)

The headstone reads:

Francis Scott Key
Fitzgerald
September 24, 1896
December 21, 1940

His Wife
Zelda Sayre
July 24, 1900
March 10, 1940

The flat grave marker reads:

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”–
–The Great Gatsby

People often leave various mementos at the grave. On the day these photographs were taken there were roses and a book on the flat grave marker. The group of six red roses were wilted and in the process of drying. The book, The Complete Poems of John Keats, suffered from exposure to the elements. Although previously wet, it was dry on this day.

Various Mementos Leaning Against the Back of the Headstone at the Grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Various Mementos Leaning Against the Back of the Headstone at the Grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald

On the ground just behind the headstone were additional mementos. On the left was a sliver colored religious pendant leaning against the stone. On the front of the pendant was an image of Jesus Christ on the cross and the word “Italy.” On the back were the words “ora pro nobis,” Latin for “pray for us.” Beside the pendant was a plastic piece, a carved figure with the appearance of a jovial, heavyset man with ample stomach exposed. The figure stood on a Sacagawea dollar. Next was an empty metal container from a used passion fruit candle with five Lincoln pennies on top. Last was a small blue and silver crucifix.

St. Mary’s Cemetery at the intersection of Viers Mill Road and Rockville Pike in Rockville, MD. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Rockville, MD. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave is located toward the middle of the cemetery, and the marker on the Google Map points to the exact location of the gravesite.

Closest Metro Station: Rockville on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to St. Mary’s Cemetery. The cemetery is within easy walking distance of the Rockville Metro Station.

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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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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The Garth – Peaceful, Secluded Courtyard

The Garth - Secluded Courtyard at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Garth - Secluded Courtyard at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Garth is a cloistered area on the north side of the Washington National Cathedral toward the east end of the building. The enclosed area is more or less in the shape of an irregular pentagon. Toward the center is a tiered, vertical metal fountain with what resembles a stylized, open flower blossom at the top. In temperate weather the fountain provides the gentle sounds of splashing and gurgling water.

Splashing Garth Fountain In a Cloistered Area of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Splashing Garth Fountain In a Cloistered Area of the National Cathedral in Washington DC

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The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Garth at the Washington National Cathedral.

Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes the Garth as a massive, walled-in courtyard. The Garth is mentioned in Chapter 87.

Cathedral College Located on the Grounds of the Washington National Cathedral

Photograph of Cathedral College Taken From the Top of the Stairs Near Woodley Road

Photograph of Cathedral College Taken From the Top of the Stairs Near Woodley Road

The Cathedral College opened on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in 1929. Its purpose is to provide training for clergy who have been ordained.

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The Cathedral College is located at 3510 Woodley Road NW on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Cathedral College.

Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Cathedral College is mentioned in Chapters 89, 90, 91, 92 and 123.

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

A Sign of the Times – Paddles the Beaver

Paddles the Beaver Asking People Not to Pick the Cherry Blossoms

Paddles the Beaver Asking People Not to Pick the Cherry Blossoms

Along with the Cherry Blossoms comes the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Paddles the Beaver carrying his large stop sign – STOP Please Do Not Pick the Blossoms.

The sign is temporary and moveable. This photograph was taken a the edge of the Tidal Basin at the entrance to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of this Paddles the Beaver sign when the photograph was taken.

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

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