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Building Conservation Associates

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

Location: Arlington, Virginia
Year Built: 1954
Original Architect: Felix de Weldon & Horace W. Peaslee

Dedicated in 1954 to honor all Marine Corps members who have died in service, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) features a bronze sculpture by Felix de Weldon based on the iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal of the flag raising at Iwo Jima from World War II. The memorial features dark gray exposed aggregate concrete designed and installed by Earley Studio using a process developed by John Joseph Earley, a pioneer in exposed aggregate concrete.

BCA worked on the first comprehensive restoration of the memorial. After performing a review of the extensive background material about the construction and subsequent repairs to the memorial, BCA performed a site visit to assess the masonry materials of the memorial, including the exposed aggregate concrete, granite, and bronze sculpture. BCA observed major and minor failures at both the replacement material and original material. BCA provided observations and recommendations for a Pre-Design Report, and produced construction drawings and specifications to address the recommendations, including replacement sections of exposed aggregate concrete, minor repairs to the granite, and cleaning and re-waxing the sculpture.