The man who designed one of the most controversial memorials in Washington, DC turns 81 today.
Plopped in the center of the National Mall, the World War II Memorial stirred the ire of many critics. Paul Goldberger is said to have called the memorial design "a bureaucrat's idea of classical grandeur." Between 1997 and 2004, everyone seemed to have an opinion.
A decade has passed, and so, apparently, has the discord. The architect, Friedrich St.Florian, like many architects before him, weathered the storm of a controversial design. We wish him a happy, and peaceful, birthday.
Born on December 21, 1932, St.Florian was raised in Graz, Austria. Can you name another Austrian-born architect who designed a World War II memorial? Find the answer >>>
- Links to the controversy from the National Coalition to Save Our Mall Inc.
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