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Design Finalists Selected to Build Memorial to Military Women

June 12, 1989

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Design teams based in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Georgia were selected as finalists today in competition to build a memorial to women in the military service at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women in Military Service for America Foundation, said three of the four would each receive a $10,000 prize.

Nine teams received honorable mention and one of them, made up of Stephen D. Siegle and Margaret Derwent of Chicago, was invited to continue in the second stage of the competition.

The winner is to be chosen in November.

Winners of the $10,000 prizes were:

- Teresa Norton of Tybee Island, Ga., and associates Cleve Harp, David Overholt, Sergio Chavarria, Peter S. Christman, Martha Enzmann and Ming T. Shaing, for a design built around a grove of bronze trees and an underground Hall of Heroines.

- Gregory A. Galford and Maria L. Antonis of Philadelphia, for a design featuring a platform with a view of the cemetery and the Kennedy gravesite, plus a spiral depression in which names of women now in military service would be engraved.

- Michael A. Manfredi of New York and associates Marion G. Weiss, Ellen D. Sands and Thomas Schumacher of Washington, for an arc of 10 tall glass pylons which would glow at night and a series of stairs piercing the niches in the existing gate at Arlington.

The jury recommended making the Siegle-Derwent entry an alternate, in case one of the top three dropped out. But Vaught said the foundation decided to make it a finalist because it was the only design that called for building a cultural-educational center behind the existing structure. She said the foundation wanted this concept explored further along with the others.

The other honorable mention winners were Barbara Lynn Allen and Lex Bradford Ulibarria of Honolulu; Madge W. Bemiss of Philadelphia; Barbara G. Christensen and Ralph Morgan Christensen of Seattle; Merrill Caldwell Gaines, Cheryl M. Caputi, Christopher E. Craig, Una M. Kinsella, Scott D. Looney, Eileen Mary O’Shea, Apurva G. Patel and Patricia Ann Wilder of San Luis, Obispo, Calif.; William Jude LeBlanc and Ellen Durham-Jones, Charlottesville, Va.; Andrew G. Ryczek of Bronx, N.Y.; Terry Van Dyne of New York; and Bruce Northwood White of New York.

The memorial, authorized by Congress, is to be built with private funds on a four-acre site at the ceremonial gate to Arlington Cemetery, just across Memorial Bridge from Washington on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. Legislation passed in 1986 calls for ground to be broken in 1991.

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