Kirk Savage


On his book Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape

Cover Interview of March 02, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“I propose moratorium on permanent public monuments in Washington; experimentation with temporary memorials.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The creation of the Lincoln and Grant memorials, intended to unify the Mall around a Civil War narrative of national rebirth, introduced notes of suffering and tragedy into what had been an exclusively triumphal landscape.”

On the second:

“Without a brilliant West Point officer named Thomas Lincoln Casey, the nation’s monumental core might never have emerged.”