The Ring of Remembrance: An International World War I Memorial

View from the nearby Lantern Tower, L. Monsaingeon, Nov. 2018

Pas-de-Calais (Northern France) – Built in less than a year’s time, the Mémorial International de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette was dedicated by French President François Hollande on November 11, 2014. Four years later, it was visited by President Emmanuel Macron on November 8, 2018, in the scope of World War I commemorations and in advance of the highly symbolic date of November 11th, which will mark the centennial of the end of the conflict which cost the lives of millions in Europe and beyond.

Photo Ludovic MARIN. AFP

Unparalleled both in terms of its size and its intent (commemorating no victory, the monument simply lists in strict alphabetical order the names of 600,000 combattants, friends or ennemies of yesterday, united in brotherhood by death), the Memorial of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette is described by the Élysée Palace’s press file as “the most emblematic monument constructed during the commemorative cycle of the Centennial.” Continue reading

Reclaiming America’s Riverfronts: A French Perspective

A new title in the RMHP Final Reports Collection

Florence Declavellière is our 2016 RMHP Scholar. We could apply to her the promising phrase published in The New York Times in 1983, when I founded FHS, at the time Friends of Vieilles Maisons Françaises:  “Menestrel says that in America, the sky is the limit.”  In five weeks, Florence, truly a ball of energy, brought back a rich cargo, useful to her profession, and delivered us a Final Report to enhance the Collection.

Upon her return, Florence wrote: [The RMHP is] a professional recognition which, I hope, will lead to new opportunities and deepen my acquisition of a dual culture which influences me on a daily basis, as I remain part of a network strengthened through each of our biannual reunions and enriched each year with the addition of new members: truly an extraordinary human adventure in which all possibilities can be achieved.”

— Michèle le Menestrel Ullrich

To access the RMHP Final Reports, please follow this link.

The Richard Morris Hunt Prize mourns a dear friend

Alan Schwartzman, RMHP Jury’s Guest of Honor, Dec. 3, 2017, in Paris

Yesterday evening, March 8th, with his two sons at his side, Alan Schwartzman, FAIA, joined his beloved wife, Ruth, who departed us last winter.

A faithful and constructive friend of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize from its very inception, it was Alan, founding member of AIA-EUROPE, who first introduced us to the American Institute of Architects. The French government awarded him the rank of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.

All of our thanks to this fine man and great professional. À Dieu.

News from ICOMOS International

Jean-Christophe Simon, RMHP Fellow 1993, Architecte et Urbaniste en Chef de l’État, Inspecteur Général des Patrimoines with the French Ministry of Culture, has just been selected as a new board member at ICOMOS International. A specialist in Cambodian restoration problems, Simon has been invited by that country’s government to conduct training for its preservation supervisors.