CFA 20/MAR/03-3


United States Air Force Memorial, Navy Annex
Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA
United States

U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Air Force Memorial, Navy Annex
(Previous: CFA 15/FEB/96-6)
Review Type
Concept design


Dear Mr. Grillo:

At its meeting on 20 March the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed a new concept design for the Air Force Memorial by architect James Freed, and a new site locating the memorial at the Navy Annex in Arlington, Virginia, over looking the Pentagon. This new scheme was enthusiastically and unanimously approved. Once again, Mr. Freed has provided an innovative design that has successfully integrated the symbols of the Air Force and expressed the poetry of flight. Its reference to the trajectory of aircraft in active maneuvers represented by three curved pylons soaring skyward is majestic and appropriate. The place of this memorial, sited sympathetically to others and visible from the Mall, is elegant and noble.

We congratulate all those involved with this renewed undertaking and look forward to further review as the design develops.

/s/ Harry G. Robinson III
Harry G. Robinson III, FAIA

Mr. Edward F. Grillo, Jr. · President
Air Force Memorial Foundation
1501 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22209-1198

cc:    Paul K. Haselbush, Director, Real Estate and Facilities, DOD
Dr. James G. Roche, Secretary of the Air Force
James Freed, FAlA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners