Elks National MemorialPrint
2750 N. Lakeview Ave. | Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
After World War I, a competition was held by the American Institute of Architects to create a memorial honoring the 1,000+ members of the Order of Elks who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war. Out of seven worthy designs, Egerton Swartwout's was selected. Construction began in 1923 as the finest marbles were obtained from Greece, Austria, France, Belgium and Italy, as well as native marble from Vermont, Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri for the interior. The highest quality limestone was quarried in nearby Indiana. Combining features of a contemplative memorial and busy administrative offices, the building also serves as the Order's headquarters. Since its completion on June 7, 1924, the Memorial has often been described as one of the most magnificent war memorials in the world—with its monumental architecture, priceless art and stunning interior.
Behind the Scenes Access: Visit the stunning Rotunda and Reception Hall which have recently undergone extensive renovation.
Architect: Egerton Swartwout, 1924