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Old 03-24-2016, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Actually, kind of a two part question, since there will probably be overlap anyway.

Which North American city has the best individual memorial (in your opinion, since this is obviously highly subjective)?

And which city has the best collection of memorials overall?

Memorial as defined as an object which serves as a focus for memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. Can be constructed as a monument, statue, sculpture, fountain, park, etc.

Haven't really seen this done before on C-D, and the search thread didn't really yield any recent results. Got the idea for the thread after having visited the 9/11 Memorial and One World Observatory in NYC two weeks ago, while also contemplating a visit to Washington, D.C. in the near future due to job offers. Memorials, as morbid as the topic maybe for some, are generally big tourist attractions in many cities and often bring out the best in architects, designers, sculptors, landscapers, etc for their creation. Let's discuss and debate, civilly, about which works of art move us the most.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:51 AM
 
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Best collection overall hands down is Washington DC. In terms of individual memorials I would think the Lincoln Memorial seemingly offers a good many a source of inspiration not found in others.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:00 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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I'd say DC too. Always remember the breathtaking and moving Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans memorial. Never been to anything quite as powerful. Plus the Lincoln Memorial. Such a thrill to stand in the same space where Dr. King gave his famous speech and Marian Anderson sang.

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Old 03-24-2016, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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DC is the best example of the City Beautiful movement. The city focused on monumental designs and layouts.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Best collection overall hands down is Washington DC. In terms of individual memorials I would think the Lincoln Memorial seemingly offers a good many a source of inspiration not found in others.
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I'd say DC too. Always remember the breathtaking and moving Maya Lin's Vietnam memorial. Never been to anything quite as powerful. Plus the Lincoln Memorial. Such a thrill to stand in the same space where Dr. King gave his famous speech and Marian Anderson sang.
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DC is the best example of the City Beautiful movement. The city focused on monumental designs and layouts.
Excellent points about D.C., and this is the city that I envisioned would win on an aggregate basis. I really like the Iwa Jima Memorial myself. I'm also a fan of Jackson Square in New Orleans (which I construe to be a memorial of sorts for Andrew Jackson since it has the exact same statue as the official memorial in Lafayette Park), though I'm not a fan of the man himself, and I see how it might not fall under the strict definition of a memorial with the Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytere also influencing the space.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:10 PM
 
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DC hands down.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Another one people do not think about is Harrisburg PA
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Another one people do not think about is Harrisburg PA
What memorials does Harrisburg have?
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:42 PM
 
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I would vote the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, officially known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
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Old 03-24-2016, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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DC. Went with my daughter years ago and only had one day for touring in DC. We opted for a bus tour of the memorials and it took a full day. And they were all awe-inspiring.
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