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It may be interesting to this board to read about this new memorial in NYC:

So it’s something of a miracle that New York City’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial by Louis Kahn, a piece of posthumous architecture that has just opened at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, in the East River, is so absolutely right. It is the first time a work of posthumous architecture has made me feel elated, not offended, and left me absolutely certain that the right thing had been done. The memorial was designed in 1974, shortly before Kahn’s sudden death of a heart attack in Pennsylvania Station. He was, at that point, the most revered living architect in the United States, a kind of philosopher-king of his profession whose oeuvre was small, and consisted almost entirely of masterworks such as the Salk Center in La Jolla, California, the Kimbell Art Museum in Forth Worth, and the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven.

Louis Isadore Kahn (born Itze-Leib Schmuilowsky) (February 20, 1901 – March 17, 1974) was an American architect, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, he founded his own atelier in 1935. While continuing his private practice, he served as a design critic and professor of architecture at Yale School of Architecture from 1947 to 1957. From 1957 until his death, he was a professor of architecture at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Influenced by ancient ruins, Kahn's style tends to the monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Louis Kahn's works are considered as monumental beyond modernism. Famous for his meticulously built works, his provocative unbuilt proposals, and his teaching, Kahn was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.

Louis Kahn, whose original name was Itze-Leib (Leiser-Itze) Schmuilowsky (Schmalowski), was born into a poor Jewish family in Pärnu and spent the rest of his early childhood in Kuressaare on the Estonian island of Saaremaa, then part of the Russian Empire. At age 3, he saw coals in the stove and was captivated by the light of the coal. He put the coal in his apron which caught on fire and seared his face. He carried these scars for the rest of his life.

In 1906, his family immigrated to the United States, fearing that his father would be recalled into the military during the Russo-Japanese War. His actual birth year may have been inaccurately recorded in the process of immigration. According to his son's documentary film in 2003the family could not afford pencils but made their own charcoal sticks from burnt twigs so that Louis could earn a little money from drawings and later by playing piano to accompany silent movies. He became a naturalized citizen on May 15, 1914. His father changed their name in 1915.

I was interested because my father was an architect and born in Estonia - not great like Louis Khan.

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