San Francisco Veteran’s Memorial Passage of Remembrance

  • Veterans Memorial, San Francisco, CA
  • San Francisco Veteran's Memorial _01
  • Veterans Memorial, San Francisco, CA
  • Veterans Memorial, San Francisco, CA

Project Description

Subtle, somber light reflects on the past.

Entitled Passage of Remembrance, a series of three pools encircle an octagon of polished basalt stone in the newly constructed memorial. Since 1932, when the overlooking San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building were built, the lawn has held earth from lands where Americans fought and died. HLB teamed with Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture and Narduli Studio to design the memorial which now encloses the earth and is able to be reopened to accept soil from battlefields of the future.

Along the bridge through the heart of the memorial strip-lights illuminate the engraved poem The Young Dead Soldiers. Carefully placed in-grade marker lights provide understated points of focus along the memorial. The subdued lighting design serves to accent the significance of the solemn memorial, while reflecting the landscaping originally designed by Thomas Church in 1936.


• Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture
• Narduli Studio


Project Background

• 2,500 square feet
• $2 million

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