8-24 43rd Avenue

Erected in 1926 by the Elmhurst Memorial League, this Colonial style building was conceived as a memorial for the men and women of Elmhurst who gave their services, and in some cases their lives, to the country during World War I. After the cornerstone was laid, the committee launched a campaign throughout Elmhurst in order to raise the funds needed to complete the building. The festivities included a machine gun demonstration and a concert given by a Veteran’s Band.

The initial design for the memorial included a Memorial Lobby, featuring an inscribed bronze tablet listing the names of those who died in service, and mementos of the war. On the second floor, there would be a lounge and meeting rooms, and the headquarters of the Elmhurst Post No. 298, American Legion.