Monumental idea

Author: Staff writer


This computer-generated collage of images represents the proposal of a pair of Notre Dame architecture faculty for a Pentagon memorial honoring victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Dino Marcantonio and Paloma Pajares’ design was one of 84 selected for display at the National Building Museum in Washington last fall out of the more than 1,100 submissions.

Their proposal wasn’t one of the six finalists, but Wall Street Journal architecture writer Catesby Leigh praised it in an editorial as an “outstanding classical design” that would have created an “inspiring work of civic art” and appealing landmark. The concept features a “cenotaph” or monument to the dead as high as the Pentagon itself and inscribed with the names of the 184 people killed at the site.