Rendered view within Hall of Heroes

Client: The New York City Police Museum
Location: New York, NY
Size: 1,000sf
Program: Memorial - Fallen Heroes of the NYPD
Cost: Confidential
Status: Pre-construction fundraising
Link to web content: New York Police Museum Website

Key Roles: Anthony Fieldman, former Principal and lead project designer, Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will, Architect of Record

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The Hall of Heroes commemorates those who have given the ultimate sacrifice – their own lives – to protect and serve their city and country since the first NYPD officer fell in the line of duty in 1854.

The exhibit honors these officers with a memorial that is appropriately monumental and dignified, and is designed to offer areas for quiet, contemplative reflection. The mood is not unlike that of a hall of worship; one is hushed by the power of light, darkness and silence that enshroud and separate the Hall from the spaces around it. The entrance and exit spaces that ‘bracket’ the Hall of Heroes are designed to create the space for visitors to make the transition between solemnity and hope.

The Hall contains three spaces, experienced sequentially: the Inscription Room; the Hall of Heroes; and the Wall of Life.

The Inscription Room introduces a monumental, lit wall of stone inscribed with a powerful quote from Theodore Roosevelt – the City’s first Police Commissioner: “No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”

The Hall of Heroes consists of six dramatically illuminated, naturally roughened full-height stone walls into which are carved the names and shields of those who have fallen in the line of duty. One moves obliquely through and between these walls, enshrouded by them, wall after wall. Wooden seats have been integrated between the walls to allow for moments of quiet introspection.

Visitors emerge from the Hall of Heroes into a day-lit, windowed corridor with framed views of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York to transitions visitors from the quiet contemplation of sacrifice back to the life of the city. Facing the windows, the 30-foot long white Wall of Life is a mosaic of projected images of the officers, their families and their friends in life – celebrating their legacies and those whom they touched. Interactive kiosks at the exit allow visitors to search for additional information about all of NYPD’s Fallen Heroes.

Rendered view within Hall of Heroes