CFA 21/JUL/11-y


Independence Avenue, SW at the northwestern rim of the Tidal Basin
United States

National Park Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
New memorial
Review Type
Previous Review


No objection to proposed scheme for lighting as demonstrated for inspection on July 19, 2011; suggest adjustments for final installation: 1) reduce brightness of lighting on torso of statue in relation to head; 2) mask sideways spill of side lighting illuminating the inner walls of Mountain of Despair which is distracting as seen from interior of memorial; and 3) dim substantially or eliminate the accent lights under the side walls of the entry court and beneath trees in planters to avoid visual competition with central memorial elements. No objection to proposed 6-inch by 6-inch Mt. Airy granite paver or standard cast-in-place concrete crosswalk.