Located near the Tidal Basin, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated in 1997, to the 32nd President of the US. A bit off the beaten path, but not hard to find. But it could be an issue, depending on which direction you are walking around the Tidal Basin. More on that later.
Also known as FDR, he would be the first and only President to serve more than 2 terms. The memorial is divided into 4 rooms, with each one representing a term in office. So yes, he served 4 terms in office, though died in office shortly after the start of the 4th term in 1945. FDR would help the country to get through the Great Depression and World War II, and would forever change things.
The starting point would be at the visitor center and leading to the 1st room that has a statue of FDR in a wheelchair. He did suffer from polio, and would be in a wheelchair when not in public.
From there, you are taken on a little history lesson through his Presidency, as each room consists of sculptures, quotes on the wall, and fountains. Up to the end, where there is a still pool, representing his death.
One thing to really note, is the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt in the 4th room, the First Lady to FDR. She would leave a lasting legacy in her own right, and so far, the only First Lady to have a statue at a presidential memorial.
Overall, I thought this memorial was like an open-air museum on Franklin Roosevelt, with the art telling the history. And the way it is arranged in order, does make this place really worth visiting for the history buffs.
If there was a downside to this place, that would be if you are walking around Tidal Basin in a clockwise direction. Then you will be more likely going to walk through the FDR Memorial backwards, or in reverse chronological order. Not really a big deal, as it would be too much to walk around this place to the correct starting point, as this place is really big. And you would end up walking the length of the place, 3 times. On a very hot summer day, forget it!
With that said, I still think it is worth visiting, if anything, for the sculptures and the running fountains, both of which are really nice to look at. So even if you are not familiar with the history, I still think the place is very enjoyable to visit.
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