1908 Springfield Race Riot Memorial

Springfield, IL

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Architecture Overview:

Our design concept, an “open wound,” honors the lives that were lost during this horrific event and marks the presence, the solemn location of homes that were destroyed. The symbolic “wound” speaks to the healing that is still taking place in the community of Springfield and throughout our nation. The design of the memorial also recognizes the critical impact the 1908 Race Riot had on Civil Rights, commemorating and celebrating the birth of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.) This sacred place will become a destination and cultural landmark, welcoming the public and inviting them to enter this poignant story, seeking to educate current and future generations and allow reflection on this moment in time.

Landscape Architecture Overview:

This project's purpose was to create and design a meaningful and inspirational place that is both a physical memorial and emotional experience that captures the pain and loss based on the history of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot.  The historically rich site is sandwiched between an expanding railroad corridor and the parking lot.  Local leaders sought a meaningful way to preserve historically significant archeological remnants of the 1908 Race Riot.

Art Studio Overview:

  • COMPLETE: June 2018
    • ASLA Central States - Merit Award in Design (Unbuilt) - 2019
    • ASLA Iowa Chapter - Award of Excellence in Communication - 2020
    • National American Instute of Architects - AIA Film Challenge Finalist - Justice - 2020
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