Complexity Coalesced

Benjamin Forgey says that James Ingo Freed’s legacy rings particularly true in the nation’s capital, where Freed’s vision for the Holocaust Museum became the cornerstone of the architect’s legacy. “As a man, [Freed] combined lots of complex opposites. He was incredibly intense yet delightfully considerate. He was brave — in the graceful way he refused to give in to the debilitation of Parkinson’s disease. His movements had almost a dancer’s grace. He was gentle yet fierce. His talents and growing independence, however, had been hidden. The Holocaust Museum changed that. It was, indubitably, Freed’s building from start to finish.”