Chuck Brown Memorial

  • Area:  42,093 sq. ft.
  • Location:  Washington, D.C.
  • Year:  2016-10-30
  • Collaboration:  Broughton Construction, Inc., DGS

Chuck Brown, Washington, D.C.’s “Godfather of Go-Go,” is remembered with a memorial and civic gathering venue in the District’s Langdon Park. Chuck Brown is the creator of Go-Go style music, which is a subgenre of regional contemporary music and associated with funk music, originating in Washington, D.C. during the mid 1960’s. The memorial was designed as a communal space for visitors to celebrate and embrace his musical influence. The initial design included an outdoor, open-air performance venue. This design, second in a series Marshall Moya Design proposed for the D.C. government, incorporates a large-scale, custom-made, photo mosaic tile wall of Chuck Brown from performances throughout the history of his career in a memorial park setting. There is a circular plaza for outdoor park recreation, discography on engraved aluminum panels on the memorial wall, timeline of Brown's life and musical career, interactive outdoor toy drums and chimes for children, lawn seating and benches for events and small performances, and lush landscaping including Crepe Myrtle-Magnolia, Oak, Cypress, Cherry, Maple, Birch, Elm and Evergreen Trees, as well as rain gardens to complement sustainable DC tree planting.

  • Media:  The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, WTOP, Architect Magazine, Fox 5, El Tiempo Latino, DCist, Yale Alumni Association, Elevation DC, The Washington Informer, Washington City Paper, NPR, WUSA 9, WAMU, ABC 7, NBC 4, The Capital News, EUR (Electronic Urban Report) Web
  • Awards:  American Graphic Design Award (Graphic Design USA)