Oakland: Soldiers' & Sailors' Memorial Hall
CAPTION: Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Hall,
NOTES: Reverse: "Pittsburgh. Penna. The Memorial in
honor of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines of Allegheny County, who
served in the War for the Suppression of the Rebellion, was the result
of efforts made by the members of the 28 Posts of the Grand Army of
the Republic located in the county, who secured the necessary
legislation leading to an overwhelming majority vote of the electors
of the county authorizing the purchase of the site and erection of
the building in this city, at a cost of $1,652,500.00.
"The building, a magnificent architectural structure, which was
completed in the fall of 1910 and dedicated with appropriate
ceremonies on October 11 of that year, is located on a city square,
having a frontage of 280 feet on Fifth Avenue and extending back 598
feet to Bayard Street. The Memorial faces Schenley Park, while nearby
are the imposing buildings of the 'Carnegie Library' and 'Technical
Institute,' 'Pittsburgh Athletic Association,' 'Masonic Temple,'
'University Club,' 'Armory of the 18th Regiment, N. G. P.' and those
of the 'University of Pittsburgh,' all of which are fine specimens
"The Memorial building is 240 by 210 feet and contains two large
rooms for the free use of the Posts of the Grand Army, the Union
Veteran Legion and their auxiliaries, an auditorium having a seating
capacity of 2550 and a banquet room seating 800, together with office
and committee rooms. A wide corridor extends around the entire
auditorium, upon the walls of which are now being placed mural
tablets of the organizations formed in Allegheny County, with the name
of each individual soldier and sailor, who served in the Union Army
or Navy from this county.
"The following Comrades of the Grand Army are members of the Board of
Managers: W. J. Patterson, President; H. H. Bengough, Secretary; F. L.
Blair, J. W. Boyd, W. T. Bradberry, I. K. Campbell, S. M. Evans,
John A. Fairman, C. W. Gerwig, Chas. F. McKenna and W. T. Powell."
Black and white photographs present aerial
and frontal views of the Memorial.
From the Collections of the Pennsylvania Department,
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
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