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Liberty Memorial, 100 West Twenty-sixth Street, Kansas City, Jackson County, MO

Liberty Memorial, 100 West Twenty-sixth Street, Kansas City, Jackson County, MO



Significance: Liberty Memorial vividly exemplifies the fulfillment of city planning concepts, combining monumentally scaled Beaux Arts Classicism envisioned by some of the nations most notable and diverse delineators of the City Beautiful movement working in the early twentieth century. Liberty Memorial's complex of limestone buildings, together with the towering shaft, vast sculpture, bas-reliefs, decorative bronze art, and dramatic open vistas, all contribute to its power and distinction. Today it stands as one of the most important landmarks in Kansas City and one of the most commanding memorial sites in the nation. Moreover, Liberty Memorial remains one of the nation's most compelling monuments to those who sacrificed their lives during World War I and a remembrance of those who survived. Its dramatic combination of elements envisioned by architects, landscape architects, artists, and city leaders, is not only a momentous tribute to those veterans but also an important expression of American memorial architecture of the early twentieth century. Additionally, the Liberty Memorial houses the only public World War I museum in the United States.
Survey number: HABS MO-1936
Building/structure dates: 1923-1938 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1994 Subsequent Work



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Mogonigle, Harold Van Buren
White & White
City of Kansas City
Olmstead Brothers
Kessler & Hare & Hare
Hool & Johnson
Foch, Ferdinand
Beatty, Earl
Pershing, John J
Diaz, Armando
Coolidge, Calvin
Long, Robert Alexander
American Legion
Aitken, Robert
Amateis, Edmond
Westlake Construction Company
Civil Works Administration
Tagliabue, Angelo
John Donnelly, Inc.
Polachek, John
Brinley, D Putnam
Guerin, Jules
MacMorris, Daniel
Jenkins, F Lynn
Hancock, Walter
Hyde, Arthur
Bircsak, Edgar F
Olmsted, Frederick Law
Delk, Edward Buehler
Carrier-Belleuse, Pierre
Gourguet, Auguste-Francois
Sterling Bronze Company
Liberty Memorial Association
Kimball, Thomas
Architectural & Historical Research, LLC, contractor
ASAI Architects, contractor
Kumar, Rebecca, transmitter
Gutowski, John W, photographer
Millstein, Cydney E, historian


Kansas City (Mo.)39.10651, -94.58737
Google Map of 39.1065076, -94.58736999999999


Library of Congress

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