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Liberty Memorial

Kansas City, Missouri
County of Jackson.
National Register Number: 00001148
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Recreation & Culture - monument/marker.
Certified Local Government: NO

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 nation’s 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 nation’s 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.

Condition:
There are no threat noted, however steward requested threat level be set at "Watch."

Installed sprinkler system in main mall area. Replaced detereiorated stone steps on the gounds with concrete. (Both funded with a Tax Increment Financing Plan.) Installed Cafe in the building interior with private funds.


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