eastland disaster monument

P2 design collaborated with the Michigan City Historical Society and Old Lighthouse Museum in 2015 to design and build the ​Eastland Disaster Monument to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. The monument memorializes the victims of the S.S. Eastland Disaster and educates visitors of the fate that befell them. The catenary curves of the 844 link anchor chain supported by machined ​weathering steel posts represents the memory of each victim. At ​two hundred sixty five feet in length, the anchor chain is equal to the overall length of the Great Lakes vessel that was at the center of the catastrophe. The path, formed along the anchor chain, traverses the gently sloping bank to the wharf where the hopeful travelers were to have arrived on that Saturday morning over 100 years ago. Cast bronze plaques at each end of the anchor chain arrangement recall the humanity and history that comprise the S.S. Eastland Disaster. A tree-shaded, semicircular contemplative space, with garden benches, provides visitors a comfortable and convenient place to pause and reflect.