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Constitution Center

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New York Times

Washington Post

Philadelphia Inquirer



National Constitution Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Completed 2003


Excerpts of critical reviews:


"Quiet but assertive, respectful of its surroundings, considerate of its public, this building is destined to take its place among the nation's leading public monuments."   full text >

Witold Rybczynski, The New York Times (July 8, 2003)

"Constitution Center's subdued modernist style, its time-honored architectural abstraction, is appropriate to both its subject and location. Low key-elegance is what the site called for, and what it got."   full text >

Benjamin Forgey, The Washington Post (July 4, 2003)

It is "a thoughtful work of architecture that distills our core national values into easy-to-read physical form."   full text >

Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer (July 4, 2003)

"Importantly, the center is not just a building, a museum, a tourist attraction. It is a civic space, designed as a place where the work of democracy can continue to be done, through town meetings, political debates, scholarly discussions, and the impromptu conversations of citizens. Cobb's modern design, full of glass, vistas and airy gathering spots, makes that clear."

Editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer (July 4, 2003)

"It is clear that the NCC will quickly become one of the top visitor attractions not only in Philadelphia, but in the entire United States."

John Fischer,, Philadelphia

"The opening of the center culminates more than a decade's effort and represents the biggest and most ambitious project in the first major renovation of Independence Mall since its creation in 1956."

Gary Gately, The Baltimore Sun (June 29, 2003)

The new "building dedicated to the Constitution was well worth the wait…We think you'll be impressed."

Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News (July 1, 2003)

"The National Constitution Center is a hit."

Editorial, The Philadelphia Inquirer (July 8, 2003)



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