Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Iconic Architecture

We turned off the main road and up a curving driveway. There was no hint of what was ahead -- just tall trees and green grass. Then, around another curve, there was this amazing building. It was stunning -- an instant WOW, even before I understood the significance of the design.
This is the Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico in Prince William County, Virginia. A striking shaft 210' feet in length shoots out of the base building at a 45 degree angle. Squint your eyes and it becomes the pole of the flag raised at Iwo Jima. And inside you'll see that flag -- now tattered. This fabulous building is a perfect setting for an impressive museum honoring "the few, the proud." The architect is Curtis Worth Fentress of Frentress Bradburn Architects, Denver. Among his other works are the Denver International Airport and the expansion and renovation of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center here in Oklahoma City.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well design and beautiful grass ..........

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