December 11, 2019 12:00 pm

Rodney Mims Cook, Jr.; The National Monuments Foundation

Rodney Mims Cook, Jr. is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, Virginia At the age of 14, he initiated the campaign to successfully save the 5000+ seat Fox Theatre for which he was awarded the National Trust for Historic Preservation Prize in 1973. In 1974 Cook was a White House intern. In 1982, he established Rodney M. Cook Interests, a design/development company. In 1987, he established PolitesCook Architects which designed the Newington Cropsey Museum, NY, housing the largest American collection of Hudson River School paintings (Arthur Ross Award to founder.) He is a Founding Trustee of The Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Architecture and organized the design and construction of the Princes’ Olympic Games Monument in Atlanta with Anton Glikine, et al. He is a charter signer of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Cook is currently orchestrating the design competition for the Adams Memorial Foundation a memorial in Washington, D.C. to Presidents John and John Quincy Adams and their wives Abigail and Louisa Johnson Adams and additional generations. Cook’s design proposal with co-designer Michael Franck in 2011 won the National Civic Art Society Prize for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, also for Washington, D.C. This commendation resulted in Cook testifying twice before Congress. Cook is the founder and president of the National Monuments Foundation, an organization that choreographed the design and construction of the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta. He is a scholar of the American Academy in Rome. He is the author of Atlanta Parks and Monuments, Arcadia Press. He is on the boards of directors of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation, California, The Fox Theater, Atlanta, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, New York, and the Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD. Mr. Cook’s work has been published in Architectural Digest, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times of London, Pravda, Izvestia, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, Forbes and USA Today.

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