The District of Columbia War Memorial was built in 1931 to commemorate District of Columbia residents who served in World War I. The memorial stands in a grove of trees along Independence Avenue in West Potomac Park. It is currently undergoing badly needed rehabilitation.
The Memorial was designed by Washington architect Frederick H. Brooke, with associate architects Horace W. Peaslee and Nathan C. Wyeth. The DC War Memorial is in the form of a 47 foot tall circular, domed, peristyle Doric temple. A list of names of 26,000 Washingtonians who served in the Great War is preserved in the cornerstone. Inscribed on the base are the names of the 499 District of Columbia citizens who lost their lives in the war, together with medallions representing the branches of the armed forces. Twelve 22 foot tall fluted Doric marble columns support the entablature and dome.
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