The FDR memmorial is a beautiful place to be in .. its on the shore of the tidal basin on one side ... and it is sculpted with amazing fountains and the most memmorable saying of FDR ... and also since he was a handicap ... the whole area is made in a handicap friendly manner !!
You need to get off the beaten path a bit to find the memorial, but it is worth the trip. Of course there were many discussions about the design of it....as there is with all monuments and new bldgs in DC. The town is full of opinions. Some say the wheelchair depiction was not necessary. I believe he was the only president to serve in a wheelchair.
One of the premier activiites of FDR's presidency was his schedule of "fireside chats" as they were called. Radio was new and considered the "HOT" media. FDR would speak to his people weekly, sharing the concerns and fears of the nation...giving hope and guidance to get through the darkest hours. Amazing how a president could have been so well loved when the country was in such dismal hours...usually we would want to throw him out of office. It's quite an amazing thing, actually.
Part of the FDR memorial shows this bronze group of men standing in line. Sign of the times during the depression. Hoping for work....waiting for food stamps....hard times. It was a bleak time in the history of this country. I saw a couple of teenage girls posing with the men as if it were a chorus line. I don't think they understood the significance of the monument.
There are several "rooms" at this monument to give thought to the various aspects of FDR's presidency.
The FDR Memorial is the newest presidential monument, and is in a nook just west of the Tidal Basin. There was much controversy surrounding this memorial at its dedication ceremony, because FDR was not shown in his wheelchair.
There are stark walls, and hidden waterfalls, and bronze pieces by George Segal depicting a bread line. It is very peaceful, with the sound of trickling water drowning out the rush of traffic nearby.
Remember the words as you walk through - there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Always poignant...
Don't miss the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. It isn't really "off the beaten path", but it is a fair hike from the center of activity and it isn't as visible as the two memorials that flank it -- the Jefferson and the Lincoln.
The FDR Memorial is not similar to the typical Washington monuments in gaudiness. Yet it is a very touching tribute to a great leader. The monument successfully pays tribute to the obstacles FDR surmounted and celebrates his vast achievements.
The Roosevelt Memorial. It's on its own little island between Arlington, VA, and the District. Quiet hideaway where you can stroll in the woods as though you've escaped the city environs, or sit on the rocks and watch the sailboats and kayaks going by. Easy walk from Arlington.
Yes, there's the new FDR memorial--well worth seeing, even when it's mistaken by teen visitors for a jungle gym--but don't forget the other Roosevelt memorial. TR's, that is. Befitting our first environmental president, it's in a secluded grove of trees on Roosevelt island. Worth the trip.