CFA 15/MAY/08-1


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Independence Avenue, SW at the northwestern rim of the Tidal Basin
United States

National Park Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Visitor support facility
Review Type
Revised concept
Previous Review


Dear Mr. Lawler:

In its meeting of 15 May, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the revised concept for the visitor support facility in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Independence Avenue, SW along the Tidal Basin. The Commission members approved the proposed location and configuration of the facility, expressing support for these overall decisions. Although further information on the architectural character was not presented, the Commission continues to support the general vocabulary shown in the prior submission and the effort to reduce the facility's visual impact, including the intention to provide a thin appearance to the overhangs and to emphasize the openness of the pedestrian areas adjacent to the visitor support facility.

The Commission looks forward to reviewing further design development of this feature as well as the remainder of the memorial project. As always, the staff is available to assist you with the next submission.


Thomas E. Luebke, AIA

Joseph M. Lawler, Regional Director
National Park Service, National Capital Region
1100 Ohio Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20242

cc: Peter May, National Park Service
Dr. Ed Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation, Inc.