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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  Quite possibly the first building that actually engaged my attention as architecture. We lived a few blocks away, at 544 Surf, in my preschool years (circa 1950), and often passed the Elks Memorial on the way to the park. This building was so obviously different in style from anything else I had ever encountered that it fascinated me. That, and I admired the two elk sculptures in front.

Alan Follett - Thursday, September 6th, 2012 @ 11:54am