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Property Name District of Columbia War Memorial
Reference Number 14000388
State District of Columbia
County District of Columbia
Town Washington
Street Address District of Columbia War Memorial Bandstand (historic), District of Columbia World War Memorial (historic), District of Columbia War Memorial (historic and current) D.C . War Memorial (current)
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/11/2014
Areas of Significance Community Planning & Development, Architecture, Social History
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Constructed in 1931 using funds donated by citizens of the District of Columbia, the D.C. War Memorial honors the 26,000 District residents who served in World War I. Located on the National Mall in West Potomac Park, the temple-like, circular, open-air structure was designed by prominent local architects to serve both as a public memorial and as a bandstand where each concert paid tribute to the those who served. The Memorial possesses local-level significance under Criterion C in the area of community planning and development for the role it played in the early implementation of the Senate Park Commission Report of 1901, more commonly known as the McMillan Commission Plan (McMillan Plan). It also holds significance for both its architecture (Criterion C), as an important example of Greek Revival-style, early-201h-century memorial architecture in Washington, D.C .; and in social history as the local manifestation of the memorialization trend (Criterion A); one that reflects the social and cultural values of the residents' of Washington, D.C. at the time it was conceived and constructed.

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