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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor and Education Center

GWWO, Inc./Architects

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2400 E. Fort Avenue



National Park Service


  • Mechanical Engineer: Henry Adams LLC
  • Electrical Engineer: Henry Adams LLC
  • Structural Engineer: Faisant Associates, Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: VHB, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Mahan Rykiel Associates
  • Haley Sharpe Design
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Herbst/Benson & Associates
  • General Contractor: Forrester Construction Company

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Year Completed



17,707 sq. feet

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Project Description

The primary inspiration for the design of the new 17,655-SF visitor center at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine comes from our nation’s most enduring symbol—the Star-Spangled Banner. The two curved walls of the building reflect the dynamic nature of the flag, while the juxtaposition of the walls—clad in distinct materials—evokes the meanings behind the flag’s stripes.

The upward slope of the brick wall, as revealed by the receding zinc wall, directs the visitor’s eye toward the flag, creating a visual dialogue between the Fort and the visitor center. Inside, a light-filled lobby serves as the central organizing element, directing visitors to the immersive exhibit/theater area, where the experience culminates with a breathtaking framed view of the Fort with flag flying overhead.
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