National Monuments Foundation

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National Monuments Foundation
TypeNon-Profit Foundation
Rodney Mims Cook, Jr.

The National Monuments Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to building monuments for the ages which will enrich the communities in which they are built. The foundation has planned and created some of the most beautiful and successful monuments in the world. Their designs have brought stability and lasting beauty to communities of all social strata. [1]


The National Monuments Foundation was founded with the mission of furthering the cause of classic and inspirational urban design. The foundation has revitalized and reawakened communities which have been cradles of human culture throughout American and world history. Great and meaningful moments in history are majestically marked by the construction of permanent structures meant to inspire the citizens of a city, region, or nation. The foundation was conceived in 1999 and established in 2003 to promote the cause of civic responsibility in society and to commemorate the turn of the millennium. [2]

The purpose of the foundation is to create self-sustaining destination landmarks of aesthetic, historical, and national relevance. They also seek to form centers for social, civic, and cultural activities for local and greater communities around the world. In this way the National Monuments Foundation is anchoring neighborhoods, enhancing land value, and helping people to interact more positively. The foundation's purpose is uniquely in tune with the current social trends toward meaning, legacy, philanthropy and sustainability. As demographics point out, the aging of the population coupled with a global concern for sustainability, drives interest in these endeavors. Monuments and their surrounding public spaces anchor communities in ways that benefit populations across all social strata. The buildings that face these public spaces become more valuable and their residents become better stewards of their properties. Such benefits are integral to the Foundation's mission.

Recognizing and honoring the best of the past is significant to building hope for the future. The National Monuments Foundation intends to build on its successes and positively impact the future through the development of significant sites. Fundamental to all positive human accomplishment is inspiration - and that inspiration is impacted significantly by the design and care of the public realm. [3]


The Board of Directors and Senior Management of the National Monuments Foundation have been developed from a group of individuals who are committed to the mission of constructing self-sustaining national landmarks which will be advantageous to the citizens of the United States.

These Directors are key advisors with knowledge and influence on a global level. Among these distinguished persons are; Rodney Mims Cook, Jr. (president), Cullen Hammond, Rawson Haverty, Jr., Pamela Rollins, Robert Tolleson, Arol Wolford, Sally Singletary, Lou Glenn, Colin Amery, Tommy Bagwell, Richard H. Driehaus, Susan Eisenhower, Tom Glenn, Remar Sutton, Priscilla Roosevelt, Lovette Russell, Carolyn Lee Wills, Tom Wolfe. [4]


The National Monuments Foundation has erected a number of important monuments in the United States. Among these are the World Athletes Monument (also known as The Prince of Wales Monument), the Millennium Gate, the Peace and Justice Gates, the Buckhead Midtown Gates, the Newington-Cropsey Foundation's Gallery of Art, the Princess Royal Millennium Monument, and the John F. Kennedy, Jr Memorial, among others.

The Millennium Gate, located in Atlanta, interprets and preserves Georgia history, culture, architecture, and philanthropic heritage. It highlights Georgia's aesthetic and historical relevance to the United States and to the world.

With the successful completion of the World Athletes Monument in 1996, the National Monuments Foundation was established. It became known for skills in developing "state of the art public spaces". This was confirmed by the awarding of the Palladio Prize for the Peace and Justice Gate and Plaza in 2006 for best new public space in the United States. The foundation's commitment to classical design for urban spaces has attracted the attention of numerous leaders in cities around the United States and other countries. These leaders desire to accomplish for their communities what the Prince of Wales Olympics Monument and the Millennium Gate has for Atlanta; versatile and energizing community plazas, state of the art educational facilities, and inspirational destinations that anchor their neighborhoods and promote legacies of history, honor and hope. [3]


The National Monuments Foundation is also consulting with the Adams Presidential Library and Memorial Foundation for a memorial to commemorate the second and sixth presidents of the United States and their wives as well as winning the National Civic Art Society's competition for a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, both in Washington, D.C. The National Monuments Foundation is also leading the effort to re-establish Historic Mims Park, an original Olmsted Brothers designed park in the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhood in downtown Atlanta.[5][6]


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