The Baltimore War Memorial

The Baltimore War Memorial The War Memorial houses a grand auditorium, a permanent museum exhibit, a historic records repository and veteran's organizations. Space rental is available for certain types of events.
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For more information please email [email protected] A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF THE WAR MEMORIAL The War Memorial was designed as a ‘place of meeting for all veteran, patriotic and civic organizations, a depository for trophies of wars in which our country has engaged, and a tribute to those citizens of Maryland who gave their lives and services to their country in World War I.’ In 1919 the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore appointed a joint building commission. Subsequently they selected an architectural advisor and, through a nationwide architectural competition, a building design which fulfilled the purposes of the memorial. The winning design was that of Baltimore architect Laurence Hall Fowler. On November 22, 1921, ground was broken at the southeast corner of Lexington and Gay Streets by Ferdinand Foch, Marshall of France. The cornerstone was laid by Acting Secretary of War, Colonel Dwight F. Davis, the Governor of Maryland, Albert C. Ritchie, and the Mayor of Baltimore, William F. Broening on April 29, 1923. The War Memorial was dedicated on April 5, 1925. The War Memorial was constructed at a cost of $1,100,000.00, exclusive of the site. Both the state and city governments have always shared the expense of the building and its maintenance. On November 6, 1977, Mayor William Donald Schaefer rededicated the building as a memorial to the Marylanders who gave their lives in all of America's twentieth century wars. The War Memorial and the Memorial Plaza cover two city blocks, and face City Hall. The large white Neoclassical building with its six columns and broad steps houses a number of offices which serve as administrative headquarters for veterans of the armed forces. In addition, it houses an assembly room that is used by various civic and veteran groups for community meetings and social functions. On the second floor there is a 1000-seat auditorium. The names of all 1,752 Marylanders who died during World War I are inscribed on the walls, and large shields bear the insignias of many military divisions. Covering the west end of the interior balcony wall is a classical style mural by Baltimore-artist, R. McGill Mackall, depicting, ‘A Sacrifice to Patriotism.’ The high-ceiling interior is softened and embellished through the use of dark-red marble in the vestibule, Belgian block and marble in the main room and Italian Travertine marble floors throughout the building. The War Memorial building contributes to the Business and Government National Register Historic District. Around the top of the building is inscribed the names of all the counties of Maryland and Baltimore City. On the terrace in front of the building on the west facade, are two sculptured sea horses, the work of Edmond R. Amateis of New York, which represent the "Might of America crossing the seas to aid our allies." Against one of these horses is carved the coat of arms of the State of Maryland surmounted by an osprey representing the Navy; and against the other the coat of arms of the City of Baltimore, surmounted by an eagle representing the army. The War Memorial Building is supervised by the War Memorial Commission. The Commission is a ten-member group of veterans, five of whom are appointed by the Secretary of Veteran's Affairs with the Governor's approval and the other five of which are appointed by the Mayor of Baltimore.

Operating as usual

06/02/2020

For anyone planning on voting in-person today whose precinct location was the Baltimore War Memorial, please be informed that because of the pandemic it is no longer a polling location. Your closest option to vote today will be 870 W. Baltimore St., at the University of Maryland.

We're proud to host the Mayor's daily press briefing multiple times weekly during the COVID-19 crisis and serve the comm...
05/01/2020

We're proud to host the Mayor's daily press briefing multiple times weekly during the COVID-19 crisis and serve the community in whatever way we can. Stay safe!

This morning we welcome the Mayor's Office of Civil Rights and very special guest the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. for the...
09/27/2019

This morning we welcome the Mayor's Office of Civil Rights and very special guest the Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. for the kickoff to Civil Rights week here in Baltimore.

A rumor has circulated that the Baltimore War Memorial has removed its POW flag. Here is evidence that is not the case. ...
06/12/2019

A rumor has circulated that the Baltimore War Memorial has removed its POW flag. Here is evidence that is not the case. This photo was taken at 6:10 EDT on 12 June 2019 by the Operations Manager of the facility.

We honor our veterans every day here at the War Memorial. All are welcome to join us in so doing.

Today we welcome Baltimore Musicales to perform at the War Memorial!
06/02/2019

Today we welcome Baltimore Musicales to perform at the War Memorial!

Occasional Symphony is back for rehearsal again tonight in preparation for their 4/28 concert at the Baltimore Cloisters...
04/02/2019

Occasional Symphony is back for rehearsal again tonight in preparation for their 4/28 concert at the Baltimore Cloisters Castle!

We’re excited to host Submersive Productions, LLC for the next few weeks as they prepare and perform MASS/Rabble at the ...
03/26/2019

We’re excited to host Submersive Productions, LLC for the next few weeks as they prepare and perform MASS/Rabble at the War Memorial! More info and tickets can be found on Submersive's webiste, http://submersiveproductions.com/

From the remembrance ceremony for Peter Auchincloss, 5 January 2019.
01/05/2019

From the remembrance ceremony for Peter Auchincloss, 5 January 2019.

This afternoon we celebrate the life of Peter Auchincloss.
01/05/2019

This afternoon we celebrate the life of Peter Auchincloss.

Today’s Town Hall meeting with Representative Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes hosted by Indivisible Baltimore#forth...
01/05/2019

Today’s Town Hall meeting with Representative Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes hosted by Indivisible Baltimore

#forthepeople

12/27/2018

Tonight we welcome Mayor Pugh's vigil for the victims of gun violence. Featured performing here, Beats Not Bullets.

We've got a packed house today for training city employees how to use anti-opioid drugs!
09/18/2018

We've got a packed house today for training city employees how to use anti-opioid drugs!

We're glad to host the Mayor's welcoming ceremony for #pride month.  #pridepromises
05/30/2018

We're glad to host the Mayor's welcoming ceremony for #pride month. #pridepromises

05/03/2018

Mayor Pugh playing with the BSO OrchKids Bucket Band, 3 May 2018

BSO OrchKids 10th anniversary celebration concert, 3 May 2018
05/03/2018

BSO OrchKids 10th anniversary celebration concert, 3 May 2018

We're a little less than three hours away from the BSO OrchKids' 10th anniversary performance. I hope you can join us!
05/03/2018

We're a little less than three hours away from the BSO OrchKids' 10th anniversary performance. I hope you can join us!

We’re proud to host the Baltimore Children’s Choir this President’s Day.
02/19/2018

We’re proud to host the Baltimore Children’s Choir this President’s Day.

We are proud to host Rubies Artist Project Grant winners Kei Ito & Andrew Keiper for our first art installation with the...
01/18/2018
'Requiem' for Hiroshima, a timely artistic warning, to go on display in Baltimore

We are proud to host Rubies Artist Project Grant winners Kei Ito & Andrew Keiper for our first art installation with their collaboration Afterimage Requiem through January 31. Entry is free of charge.

M-F 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sat-Sun 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Special concert event Friday January 26, 7:30 PM

The new visual-and-sound installation, “Afterimage Requiem,” opens Friday at the Baltimore War Memorial.

Vigil, 28 December 2017
12/29/2017

Vigil, 28 December 2017

12/28/2017

Some nights you get to host stars-in-the-making, and you get to have leaders from multiple faith traditions and the mayor welcoming them. Vigil, 28 December 2017

Today we’re designing specs for #afterimagerequiem with artists Kei Ito and Andrew Keiper, which we’ll host at the War M...
12/14/2017

Today we’re designing specs for #afterimagerequiem with artists Kei Ito and Andrew Keiper, which we’ll host at the War Memorial as our first visual art show. Come see the final work, opening 19 January! In the meantime, check out the concept at www.afterimagerequiem.com.

Today we’re hosting the Baltimore City Veterans’ Commission who are providing  services and a hot meal to veterans and t...
11/18/2017

Today we’re hosting the Baltimore City Veterans’ Commission who are providing services and a hot meal to veterans and the homeless... and the mayor stopped by!

10/29/2017

Baltimore Jazz House Inc. gets warmed up with a little 12-bar-blues, Sunday 29 October 2017

We love hosting fashion shows. Fashion by Brenda Jones, 28 October 2017
10/29/2017

We love hosting fashion shows. Fashion by Brenda Jones, 28 October 2017

Occasional Symphony rehearses for its annual Halloween concert at 2640 Space. For link to concert information and ticket...
10/24/2017

Occasional Symphony rehearses for its annual Halloween concert at 2640 Space. For link to concert information and tickets, see comments. To rent the War Memorial for your rehearsal, message this page!

Symphony Number One performing Carolyn Chen’s “Animalcules”
10/22/2017

Symphony Number One performing Carolyn Chen’s “Animalcules”

Supporting Baltimore's Community Schools: a town hall discussion, 7 June 2017
06/07/2017

Supporting Baltimore's Community Schools: a town hall discussion, 7 June 2017

04/29/2017

Brad Testerman and John Henderson perfom Samuel Barber's "I hear an army," 28 April 2017

04/29/2017

Claire Galloway Weber and John Henderson perform Judith Weir's "The Voices of Desire," 28 April 2017

Baltimore City Department of General Services
04/27/2017
Baltimore City Department of General Services

Baltimore City Department of General Services

"As caged Birds" is a recital featuring mezzo-soprano Claire Galloway Weber, baritone Brad Testerman, collaborative pianist John Henderson, and a string quartet from Peabody Conservatory that will focus on many issues of human identity and connection through visual design and music. Locally based visual artist Mollie Komins, co-founder and creative director of Avenue U Design in Severna Park, MD, will display artwork. Ms. Weber returns to the Baltimore War Memorial for the third time to present a piece highlighting humans inability to truly listen to the songs sung to them by nature. Tickets will be $25 (general admission), and $10 for students and seniors. Tomorrow at 8PM!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/as-caged-birds-tickets-33396092612

Spring is here at the War Memorial!
04/21/2017

Spring is here at the War Memorial!

Town Hall meeting featuring Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Representative Elijah Cummings, Representative John Sa...
04/21/2017

Town Hall meeting featuring Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Representative Elijah Cummings, Representative John Sarbanes, and Dutch Ruppersberger, 20 April 2017

Town Hall meeting with Senator van Hollen and Congressmen Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes, 20 April 2017
04/20/2017

Town Hall meeting with Senator van Hollen and Congressmen Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes, 20 April 2017

The Maryland Military and Veteran Women Business Conference is next week at the War Memorial!
04/20/2017

The Maryland Military and Veteran Women Business Conference is next week at the War Memorial!

04/12/2017
Maryland Commemorates 100th Anniversary of WWI Entrance; April 6, 2017

Did you miss the Maryland Commemoration of US Entry into World War I at The Baltimore War Memorial last week?

No worries! You can now view the entire ceremony at home by watching it at the link below. Courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore!

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh participated in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I on April 6, 2017, hel...

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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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