Statement of Significance (as of designation - September 20, 2006):
Constructed from 1923 to 1938, the Liberty Memorial vividly exemplifies the fulfillment of city planning concepts, incorporating monumentally-scaled Beaux Arts Classicism envisioned by some of the nations most notable designers of the City Beautiful Movement working in the early 20th century. The Liberty Memorial expresses ideals about the importance of World War I through aesthetic values. It remains one of the nations most compelling monuments to those who sacrificed their lives during World War I and a remembrance of the veterans of that conflict. Designed by architects H. Van Buren Magonigle with Wight and Wight; landscape architects George E. Kessler, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., (with Hare and Hare); and such artists as Robert Aitken and Edmond Amateis, Liberty Memorial is also an important expression of American Memorial architecture of the early 20th century.