To create a lasting tribute to the courage and tenacity found in the U.S. Armed Forces and civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served during the Cold War era, 1945 to 1991.


To create permanent recognition that stimulates ongoing thought and study—and which honors those American military and civilians who served and sacrificed during the Cold War era.


  1. Create an ICONIC IMAGE for the CWVM that is RECOGNIZABLE AND MEMORABLE to visitors to the Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center (PAMPC).
  1. Provide a LANDMARK that, combined with the buildings of the PAMPC, will be a visual attraction to potential visitors traveling Interstate 94.
  1. Recognize the role of the CWVM as a CONTRIBUTING AND COMPLIMENTARY ELEMENT of the PAMPC complex.
  1. Integrate any structures with interpretive landscape, choreographing a profound VISITOR EXPERIENCE offering choice in immersion and involvement.
  1. Interpret the Design Themes to incorporate CONTENT AND SYMBOLOGY recognizing the complexity of the Cold War and the diversity of citizens that served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Intelligence Operations, Government and as Civilians.


The challenge presented to the designers of the Cold War Veterans Memorial (CWVM) was to provide a CONCEPTUAL DESIGN for the CWVM that embraces the MISSION STATEMENT, exemplifies the GUIDING VISION, and achieves the DESIGN GOALS.


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