Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park opening October 24
October 23, 2012
Almost four decades after its conception, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island will officially open to the public on October 24. In 1973, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and NYC Mayor John Lindsay commissioned Louis Kahn to design the park to honor Roosevelt and create a permanent testament to the “Four Freedoms” of the president’s famous 1941 speech. Fiscal difficulties have delayed the project until recently when the City and State recommitted to the public and private partnership. Four Freedoms Park was one of Kahn’s last projects before his death in 1974, and was called by the New York Times “one of the noblest unbuilt projects in New York.” It is the first and only architectural work by Kahn in the city. Judging from recent photos in the press, Kahn’s park is Modernism well worth a pilgrimage.