Proposed Mothers’ Memorial, by John Geddes, 1922-30
Of course, a Mothers’ Memorial was never constructed. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts was not too keen on the idea to begin with, and then the Great Depression, of course, made fundraising difficult. But a few designs for such a monument were considered in the 1920s. Architect Joseph Geddes, in 1925, proposed a massive tower, bearing a resemblance to a skyscraper, with a grand staircase approaching it. Positioned on high ground near the Naval Observatory on Massachusetts Avenue, the memorial would have been a dominant part of the skyline. “It always makes me wonder what this guy’s relationship with his mother was like,” says Moeller.