A Memorial Fit for a King

17 01 2011

Serendipitously, I have something in my collection that is appropriate to post in honor of this day.  Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the School of Architecture at University of Notre Dame, with the assistance of Weiqing Feng, created a design proposal for a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The elegantly simple structure took its cue from ancient Egyptian architectural design.  As the article states, “Designed along the principles of an Egyptian temple, the precinct would symbolize the origins of African Americans.  It incorporates Egyptian temple columns inside the precinct and entrance columns of a related character.  The colonnade on the outside of the temple would be constructed of brick to represent Dr. King’s humble beginnings and nature, while the granite base represents his immovable convictions.  The marble sanctuary walls symbolize the refined and noble qualities of his character and the greatness of his sacred mission.”  The images below are details from a two-page spread in the Jan/Feb 2004 issue of Traditional Building magazine.



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