National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – DBA


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National Memorial
Public Law 98-534
3.5 acres
Washington, DC

Memorial Design, Master Planning, New Construction, Construction Administration

US Commission of Fine Arts
National Capital Planning Commission
National Capital Monuments Commission
National Park Service
US Department of the Interior
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
DC Historic Preservation Office
District of Columbia City Council
Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority
DC Preservation Review Board
Environmental Assessment in compliance with the Section 106 Review

Presidential Design Achievement Award
Henry Hering Medal
Tucker Architectural Award
Award for Excellence in Construction, National Associated Builders and Contractors
Superior Craftsmanship Award for Special Construction, Washington Building Congress
Superior Craftsmanship Award for Metal Work, Washington Building Congress
Superior Craftsmanship Award for Electrical Work, Washington Building Congress
Award for Excellence in Construction, DC/ Virginia Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors
Grand Award, Associated Landscape Contractors of America
Grand Award, Landscape Contractors Association
Superior Craftsmanship Award for Stone Masonry, Washington Building Congress
Superior Craftsmanship Award for Landscaping, Washington Building Congress


The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial creates a new architectural focus for Washington’s Judiciary Square, an area designated in Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s 1791 plan for Washington DC.  Designing the memorial involved an intensive study of the history of the space, and the existing historic fabric, to create a contextual design accommodating both a dignified ceremonial space and a busy Metro subway entrance. Bounded by historic court buildings, the National Register listed District of Columbia’s Old City Hall (1820) and the 1887 National Landmark Pension Building (now the National Building Museum ), the memorial provides a space of tranquility and escape from the rush of city life, as well as a solemn commemorative civic space to honor fallen law enforcement officers.

The plan of the memorial allows for optimal circulation around a central gathering space, marked by a columned lamella-topped pergola.  A north-south promenade connects F and E Streets with two sidewalks circumnavigating a central oval plaza.  Exterior pathways access adjacent buildings but still enjoy the landscaped setting, while interior paths focus on the commemoration of fallen law enforcement officers.  The curved inner promenade is lined with pleached linden trees and marble walls inscribed with the names of more than 19,000 officers who have fallen honoring an oath to serve and protect the community.  On May 13th of each year, the names of approximately 175 federal, state, and local officers killed in the line of duty are added to the Walls of Remembrance during a candlelight vigil.

As a result of the success of the National Law Enforcement Memorial, DBA was chosen to design the accompanying National Law Enforcement Museum, located on a site at the south end of Judiciary Square.  Along with the museum, the memorial forms a cohesive composition that enhances L’Enfant’s vision for the Square and is recognized as an important civic space that pays tribute to the law enforcement community.



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