CFA 20/NOV/08-9


Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
United States

U.S. Department of the Army
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Interpretive Signs for the WRAMC Centennial
Review Type


Dear Mr. Fleri:

In its meeting of 20 November, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the design for the proposed centennial interpretive signage project at the main section of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While the Commission members had no objection to the installation of a sign program, they did not find the proposal's design and content to be of a quality worthy of the institution.

In their discussion, the Commission members said that the submitted example displayed unattractive graphics and an excessive dependence on text. They suggested consideration of alternative methods of interpretation, such as a booklet, podcast, or audio tour. For the sign system proposed, they recommended that the three-panel upright kiosk display near the front of Building #1 be changed to a double or twin table-top profile that would be less intrusive in the setting and more closely related to the other signs in the proposed program.

The Commission members requested that a new design be prepared in consultation with the staff; they delegated the final approval to the staff which, as always, is available to assist you.


Thomas E. Luebke, AIA

Nino Fleri
Director of Public Works
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20307-5001

cc: Don Chory, Walter Reed Army Medical Center