Lecture: “The Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center”

June 3rd, 2011

David Greenbaum, vice president of the national architecture firm SmithGroup, presents “The Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center Overlooking Omaha Beach” on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Essex Meadows auditorium.

The leader of his firm’s Cultural practice, Greenbaum, FAIA, is driven by site and client mission, and his work applies his philosophy of amplifying an institution’s mission by creating powerful and memorable places. This approach has been most recently exemplified with the design of the Normandy American Cemetery Visitors Center – as well as the International Spy Museum and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Pavilion renovation.

The solemn yet powerful visitor center reverently encourages focus on the memorial cemetery it serves, deepening the tribute to those who served in World War II. With great dignity, the center draws visitors beyond the beach views and the cemetery's monumental axis to consider the landscape, sky, and ocean.

His illustrated presentation is part of the Essex Library’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series (www.essexlib.org). Admission is free; please call the Essex Library (860) 767-1560 to register. The Lecture Series is sponsored by Centerbrook Architects and is one of many programs presented by the Essex Library.