District of Columbia War Memorial

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Washington, D.C.

Client: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Project Type: Historic Structure Report

The District of Columbia War Memorial was designed by Frederick H. Brooke and built in 1931 by the residents of Washington, DC to honor the service of the more than 26,000 citizens of the District who served in World War I. Funded by popular subscription, the structure is the only District of Columbia memorial on the National Mall. The platform of the memorial is inscribed with the names of the 499 Washington residents who died in service to their country.

The marble monument was built as a bandstand large enough to hold an eighty-piece band. Once a popular site, the structure is now barely seen among the trees along Independence Avenue. Changes in the landscaping have isolated the memorial from the Mall, and it is no longer used for public gatherings. John G. Waite Associates, Architects prepared a historic structure report that outlines the history, existing conditions, and problems of repair for the memorial and its surrounding landscape, and makes recommendations for the restoration and rejuvenation of this significant structure on the National Mall.