By John Scappini
David Woodhouse Architects has won first place in a design competition for a permanent memorial in Chicago to Daniel Burnham. The program—formally known as the Burnham Memorial Design Competition—was sponsored by the AIA Chicago Foundation and funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust.
The winning design for the memorial site, which is located at the southeast corner of Grant Park, includes a corner formed of two walls that depict elements of Burnham's plans for the city on the exterior and reflect the skyline on the other side, as well as a lawn sloping down to the lakefront and an overlook.
Fundraising for the $5 million project has already begun, and it could be built as early as 2011, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.