Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
- New York, NY
- Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
- 4 Acres
- 2014 Special Recognition for a Completed Project, NYC Design Design Commission’s Award for Excellence in Design
- 2013 Brendan Gill Prize, Municipal Art Society
- 2013 Best Day Trip category, New York Magazine’s Best of New York
- 2013 Urban Design Merit Award, AIA New York Chapter
- 2013 Best Day Out Award, Best of the Rest Category, Wallpaper Magazine
- 2013 Best In Class Award, Interactive Media Awards
- 2013 Synergy Award, Society of Registered Architects
- 2013 George W. Perkins Award for Environmental Leadership, Parks & Trails of New York
- 2013 Best Projects Award of Merit: Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development category, Engineering News-Record
- 2012 Best Cultural Design Space, Annual Design Awards, Travel & Leisure Magazine
The FDR Four Freedoms Park, a four-acre memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt, was one of the last projects designed by visionary architect Louis I. Kahn, FAIA. Kahn was asked to design the monument in 1972. Mitchell Giurgola joined the project initially to act as the New York Architect of Record on Kahn’s behalf. When Kahn died suddenly in March 1974, he was carrying with him the finished designs including a precise set of schematics. Mitchell Giurgola was asked to carry the project forward into design development and construction, ultimately serving as the architect of record. The project was finally realized in 2012.
The FDR Four Freedoms Park anchors a 12.5-acre waterfront public space with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Plans for the Park were originally announced in 1973 by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and New York City Mayor John Lindsay. At that time, Welfare Island was renamed Roosevelt Island and dedicated to the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Construction on the southern tip of the Island finally began in 2010, after nearly 40 years in the making.