Under a term contract with the National Park Service, HCM led the team of preservation architects, conservators, cultural landscape architects and engineers in this intensive memorial rehabilitation effort in the District of Columbia. Completed in 1931, the Peristyle Doric Temple, located on the National Mall in West Potomac Park, was built to memorialize local heroes who served the nation in World War I. The first war memorial on the Mall, the DC War Memorial lists all 499 District residents who lost their lives in the war, regardless of their rank, race, or gender.
The temple is located on the National Mall in West Potomac Park in Washington, DC. and is managed and maintained by the National Park Service. It was the first memorial on the Mall to list all District residents who lost their lives in the war, regardless of their race, class, or gender. Maintaining the treasured historic intergrity of the monument, while providing the needed renovations, required a delicate balance.
Design work included restoration of historic marble monument, including testing for the most effective cleaning and repair treatments. Masonry work included cleaning of all marble, new reinforcement, pinning,
Landscape and site construction included removal of non-historic plants, selective thinning of trees and plantings, restoration plantings, repair of bluestone walks, ADA/ABAAS compliance, storm water drainage, and utilities.