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 World War I. 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. 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. Completed June 7, 1924, the Memorial is often 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 for the first time since the Memorial's lengthy renovation.
Architect: Egerton Swartwout, 1924
Acoustical Resonances: Music by Elizabeth Start
Saturday October 19th, 12pm-3pm
Large spaces are terrible acoustic environments for traditional music performances. Elizabeth, a member of the group Access Contemporary Music, will perform music that uses this incredible resonance to its advantage.