NEW YORK, NY (February 25, 2013) – Esteemed architect Louis Kahn will receive, posthumously, the Municipal Art Society’s 25th Brendan Gill Prize in recognition of his magnificent conception and design of FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. The Park also was designated by Travel + Leisure this week as “Best Public Space” in the magazine’s Ninth Annual Design Awards.
“We are honored by such prestigious recognitions of this enduring memorial to President Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms. We thank the Municipal Art Society and Travel + Leisure Magazine for recognizing FDR Four Freedoms Park as a design that reflects the essence of New York City and a public space of international distinction,” said Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, Chairman of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. “We hope that the public will take the time to visit the site and experience firsthand the remarkable beauty and originality in Louis I. Kahn’s design.”
The Park is open for visitors during the winter from Thursday through Sunday, from 9 AM - 5 PM.
About the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is the only memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. Located on a triangular four-acre plot on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in the East River in the heart of New York City, the Park includes walkways lined with trees, a bust of President Roosevelt created by artist Jo Davidson, and a granite monument symbolizing the “Four Freedoms” described in his historic January 6, 1941 State of the Union speech: freedom of speech and expression; freedom of religion; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. First envisioned in 1973 by the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller and other visionary urban planners, the monument’s design was the last work of the late Louis I. Kahn, one of the iconic architects of the 20th century. With its official opening on October 17th 2012, governance of the Park transitioned to the newly formed Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. For more information on FDR Four Freedoms Park, please visit: www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org.