Elks National Veterans Memorial in Chicago

Photo of Elks National Veterans Memorial in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Elks National Veterans Memorial in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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Elks National Veterans Memorial

2750 North Lakeview Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, Park West 60614
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70,000 members of the Elks fought in the First World War, and 1,000 of them died. This building is not only the Elks headquarters, but also a memorial to those who fought and those who gave their lives.

Quick Facts
  • Construction start: 1923
  • Construction finish: 1926
  • Designed by: Egerton Swartwout
  • Renovated: 1967 by Holabird & Root; Magazine Building
  • Type: Monument
Timeline
  • 1923: Construction began
  • June 7, 1924: The cornerstone was laid
  • July 14, 1926: This building was dedicated
Notes
  • Architect: Egerton Swartwout
  • General contractor: Hegeman-Harris Company, New York
  • This building contains limestone from Indiana and marble from Vermont, Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Greece, Austria, France, Belgium and Italy
  • The building has four allegorical statues representing Brotherly Love, Fidelity, Justice and Charity by James Earle Fraser
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