$3.5 Million Later, Medal of Honor Museum Will Be Re-Drawn

Moshe Safdie, the internationally known architect, hopes Mount Pleasant ultimately will allow his design for the National Medal of Honor Museum at Patriots Point, as seen in this rendering. File/Provided

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Planners of a National Medal of Honor Museum in South Carolina have agreed to start over on the design, and get input from the public this time.

The museum would be built at Patriot Point in Mount Pleasant, where the USS Yorktown and other decommissioned military vessels are open to the public.

The Medal of Honor Museum Foundation spent $3.5 million preparing the initial concept of a pentagon-shaped building 140 feet (43 meters) tall, on waterfront property zoned for no more than 50 feet (15 meters).

Architect Moshe Safdie said making the building less tall would ruin its symbolism, but the local planning commission overwhelmingly rejected it.

Foundation CEO Joe Daniels told The Post and Courier of Charleston that Safdie remains on contract, but won't do the redesign until they hear what the community has to say.

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This story has been corrected. Foundation spent $3.5 million, not $4.5 million.

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