COLD WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL
The Cold War Veterans Memorial will be an integral part of the new Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center, an extension of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, currently under construction in Somers, Wisconsin.
The design of the Memorial will be determined through a design competition as described in the Competition Manual, which contains all the information needed to participate in the design competition including the memorial design program, site information, and schedule and requirements for entry. In case of differences in published information, the Competition Manual rules.
COLD WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL
The vision of the Cold War Veterans Memorial is to create permanent recognition that stimulates ongoing thought and study that honors American military and civilians who served and sacrificed during the Cold War.
In line with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission, the Cold War Veterans Memorial aims to increase the public understanding of military history. It will be 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, September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991.
The Memorial will be a publicly accessible display where citizens can honor, reflect and learn about the bravery and sacrifice displayed to further the freedom that our country enjoys. Unlike memorials that commemorate a distinct event or occurrence, the Cold War Veterans Memorial will honor the individuals and groups that were involved in an ongoing and complex series of operations. The Cold War was not only emblematic of military and intelligence evolution, but it also encompassed major diplomatic, social, cultural and economic change within the United States and around the world.
To identify the most fitting design to embody the vision of the Cold War Veterans Memorial, an international Design Competition has been organized to enable a wide range of individual and team design exploration of the content and form of the memorial.
PRITZKER MILITARY MUSEUM & LIBRARY
The Mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the citizen soldier in the preservation of democracy.
The Museum & Library was founded by Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG ( Ret. ), who assembled a major collection of books and related materials on military history. Building upon that foundation through the generosity of private donors, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library has become a non-partisan museum and library that increases the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served.
PRITZKER ARCHIVES & MEMORIAL PARK CENTER
Due to the ongoing and overwhelming support of donors and families eager to protect their family’s legacy and stories, the Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center ( PAMPC ) was created for more space to house some of the circulating book collection and the archival collections of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. The PAMPC will extend the mission of the Museum & Library by sharing the stories of those who served and provide a space where both the armed forces and civilians can together understand the past, present and future of the citizen soldier.
Located in Somers, Wisconsin, the PAMPC will include the Pritzker Military Archives Center to house the collections and provide workspace for the continued curation for future exhibits; Commercial Archives where private collectors, public institutions, and others may store their archives; the Midwest Firearms Education & Training Center; a Community Green Space expertly landscaped with walking and biking paths; and the Cold War Veterans Memorial.
THE MEMORIAL DESIGN
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.
- Create an ICONIC IMAGE for the CWVM that is RECOGNIZABLE AND MEMORABLE to visitors to the Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center ( PAMPC ).
- Provide a LANDMARK that, combined with the buildings of the PAMPC, will be a visual attraction to potential visitors traveling Interstate 94.
- Recognize the role of the CWVM as a CONTRIBUTING AND COMPLIMENTARY ELEMENT of the PAMPC complex.
- Integrate any structures with interpretive landscape, choreographing a profound VISITOR EXPERIENCE offering choice in immersion and involvement.
- 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 DESIGN CHALLENGE
The challenge to the potential designers of the Cold War Veterans Memorial ( CWVM ) is to provide a CONCEPTUAL DESIGN for the CWVM that embraces the MISSION STATEMENT, exemplifies the GUIDING VISION, and achieves the DESIGN GOALS.
COMPETITION PROCESS & SCHEDULE
- Thursday, April 1 : Competition launch
- April 1 – May 28 : Stage 1 Q&A
- Tuesday, June 15 : Stage 1 Entries Due by 3pm
- June 16 – June 29 : Compliance Review, Jury Evaluation of Stage 1, Notification of Stage 2 Participants
- June 30 – July 15 : Contractural Arrangements with Stage 2 Participants
- Tuesday, July 19-20 : Stage 2 Briefing, Site Visit
- July 21 – September 17 : Stage 2 Q&A
- August 23-27 – Mid-course Reviews
- October 5 : Stage 2 Due
- October 6 – October 22 : Compliance Review, Jury Evaluation of Stage 2, Jury Report Submitted
- October 25 – October 29 : Administrative Review of Jury Recommendation
- November 2021 : Notification of Decision to Stage 2 Participants
- November 2021 : Public Announcement
THE MEMORIAL SITE
The site for the Cold War Veterans Memorial ( CWVM ) has been identified in the Master Plan for the Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center ( PAMPC ). The CWVM and its site development will play a key role in the overall us and activity of the PAMPC site—being complimentary to other uses on the site as well as being a focus of activity as a PLACE OF HONOR, RESPECT AND REFLECTION.
- > Download the Cold War Veterans Memorial site plan pdf
- > Download the Cold War Veterans Memorial site plan ( CAD )
- > Download the Pritzker Military Archives building plan
- Cold War Veterans MemorialPritzker Military Museum & Library has launched an international design competition for the new Cold War Veterans Memorial in Somers, Wisconsin. This Memorial will be a critical piece of the Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center (PAMPC) currently under development. https://coldwarveteransmemorial.org/