As we reflect on the start of hostilities in World War I that began 100 years ago this year, please join us on a tour of the Baltimore War Memorial. In a ceremony that included Ferdinand Froch, Marshall of France and one time commander-in-chief of allied forces during the war, Baltimore broke ground for the War Memorial on November 22, 1921 to commemorate the 1,752 Marylanders who died in the conflict. The building was designed by Laurence Hall Fowler, a noted Baltimore architect who also designed the grand library at Evergreen House as well as many notable private residences.
With the war in mind, the building includes a large mural by Baltimore artist R. McGill Mackall entitled “A Sacrifice to Patriotism” and out front are two stone sea horses carved with the coat of arms of Maryland and the City of Baltimore by sculptor Edmond R. Amateis to represent the “Might of America crossing the seas to aid our allies.” The building remained dedicated to World War I until 1977 when Mayor Schaefer expanded its scope to honor Marylanders who died in all wars in the 20th Century. Our tour will include the building (a designated Baltimore Historic Landmark), as well as the museum and its collection of Maryland military pieces. We hope you can join us.