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Iowa State College campus
MEMORIAL UNION. South of Campanile, built on the
hillside at the Lynn Ave. entrance, is designed in a modified Italian
and Spanish Renaissance style of architecture. The social life of the
campus is centered in this building. One of its features is GOLD
STAR HALL, the main entrance to the building. The high vaulted
stone ceiling is supported on a row of columns at each side of the room.
Between the columns on the stone walls are carved the names of the 118
alumni who gave their lives in the World War. Pledges from alumni,
faculty, and students provided funds for the building.
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points of interest
MEMORIAL BUILDING. North end of the narrow [Municipal] island,
between 1st and 2nd Ave. bridges, a limestone building of neo-classic
design, was dedicated in 1928 to those who served their country in its
wars. The main structure is seven stories high. Surmounting it is a
colonnaded observation tower topped with a symbolic sarcophagus on a
cenotaph base. There are two main entrances. The Second Avenue facade
has Doric columns extending from the fifth to seventh floors,
exclusively. The two doors are separated by a stained glass window,
designed by Grant Wood, Iowa artist, and manufactured in Germany, under
his supervision. The central figure is an allegorical symbol of Victory
holding a laurel wreath in one hand and a palm branch in the other.
Below are six uniformed soldiers representing each of the wars in which
the United States has engaged. Insignia of the various branches of the
United States Army and Navy form a border around the window.
For more information: The Grant Wood
to the page with some history and a great many
of the window.
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RIVER FRONT PARK.
Between S. 1st St. and the river, stretches almost a mile from
9th Ave. N. to 6th Ave. S. At the entrance to the park is a
MEMORIAL FLAG POLE designed by Lorado Taft and
dedicated to the veterans of the Civil, the Spanish-American,
and the World wars. The square base of the pole is adorned
with military figures at each corner.
Des Moines, points of interest
MEMORIAL TO MERLE
HAY. The highest point on Merle Hay Road, .6 miles
north of the junction with Douglas Ave., is a plaque and
boulder place in honor of Merle Hay, one of the first three
American casualties of the World War. A flag staff, 50 feet
high, stands at the base of the boulder.
POLK COUNTY WORLD
WAR MEMORIAL. E. University Ave., at E. 6th St.,
erected in 1926, is a monument in Balfour pink granite,
bearing a bronze group in high relief designed by Charles
Niehaus. The Recording Angel is represented as writing the
names of the warrior dead on the Book of Necrology, while a
youth places his father's implements of war at the foot of the
Nation's altar. The monument is dedicated to the memory of all
Polk County soldiers who lost their lives in the war.
SW 9th St. extending North from Davis Ave. to banks of Raccoon
River, named for Donald MacRae, Des Moines man killed in
France with the 168th Infantry, is a natural wooded area with
two ponds and picnic facilities.
Des Moines, Capitol Hill
MEMORIAL and ART BUILDING. NW corner E. 12th St. and
Grand Ave., houses some of the State's most valuable
The WORLD WAR ROOM, on the
third floor, has a collection of portraits, said to include
the photograph of every Iowan who took part in the World War.
guns, helmets, posters, and autographs of statesmen and
generals of the war period form the bulk of the display.
Iowa City, University of Iowa east side campus
SW corner Market and Madison Sts., the student social center,
is dedicated to the university men and women who died in the
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NATIONAL CEMETERY. West end of
Cedar St., is one of 83 in the United States and the only one
in Iowa. Established by the Government in 1861, over 750
soldiers were buried here before the end of the Civil War,
eight of whom were Confederate prisoners. The dead of four
other wars lie in the three acres which comprise the cemetery
-- the Mexican War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War,
and the World War. A monument erected in memory of the unknown
soldier stands in the central park.
For more information:
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points of interest
MEMORIAL COLISEUM. 22-28 W.
State St., completed in February, 1929 "In Memory of Those Who
Offered Their Lives for Our Country," has an auditorium that
seats 2,500 people. The two-story stone, brick and concrete
structure is modern in design, its severity relieved by the
columned entrance of Italian Renaissance inspiration. The
stones of the front elevation, Ohio sandstone brick, are
IOWA SOLDIERS' HOME. Summit St. Between N. 9th and N.
15th Sts., NW edge of the city, is a residence for disabled
Iowa veterans. Curving driveways sweep back from the street
under vaulted rows of elms to the central two-story red brick
building trimmed with white stone. The style is English
Romanesque. Brick arches are over the windows; a square tower
juts up above the white frame portico. The residents include
veterans of the Indian, Civil, Spanish-American, and World