Liberty Memorial

100 W 26th St., Kansas City, Missouri

Beaux Arts memorial, designated as the official United States WWI Museum


Looking south from Union Station

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2019



Street View 


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. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, September 20, 2006

Liberty Memorial was designated the National World War One Museum of the United States by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, as signed into law by President George W. Bush as part of the FY 2005 defense authorization bill. The Liberty Memorial was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on October 6, 2000.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 6, 2000
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Areas of significance
Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Art; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1923; 1938
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 6

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2019: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • September 15, 2019: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
  • May 13, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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