"Memorial at Fère-en-Tardenois Scheme C"
"Memorial at Fère-en-Tardenois Scheme C"
By Cram and Ferguson, architects, February 17, 1927, for the American Battle Monuments Commission
Graphite and watercolor washes on tracing paper
14 1/8 " x 23 3/4"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the American Battle Monuments Commission

American Military Cemeteries Abroad: Fère-en-Tardenois, France
In 1923 Congress created the American Battle Monuments Commission to build and maintain memorials in the United States and foreign countries where American Armed Forces had served since 1917. Congress later gave the commission responsibility for maintaining burial grounds in foreign countries and for designing and constructing memorials at these cemeteries. The site for the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial near the town of Fere-en-Tardenois, France, had been a temporary military cemetery. After it became permanent, the commission chose the architectural firm of Cram and Ferguson to design its memorial. Their design, a Romanesque semicircular row of columns of granite and marble, encircles a stone terrace. To each side were rooms, one serving as a chapel and the other as a small museum. The cemetery extends out from the memorial in 4 rectangular plots and holds the remains of 6,012 American war dead.

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