Lansdowne World War I Memorial

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Information

Title

Lansdowne World War I Memorial

Creator

Brazer, Clarence, architect

Description

The pinkish granite monument includes numerous symbols that refer to the historical facts of the First World War. Most prominently, the monument is crowned with a globe (representing the international nature of the conflict) atop a circular pedestal. A ring of American eagles, symbolic of the critical role played by our nation, supports the globe. Under the eagles is a band in which the shields of the Allies alternate with the insignias of the branches of the American military. The base is mounted on an octagonal base, which serves as a seat. Carved into the base are the names of those that lived in the Borough of Lansdowne or attended Lansdowne High School and died with serving in the military during World War I. The monument also honors those veterans who were residents of the borough and school students at Lansdowne High School.

Prior to a 1998 restoration, the heads of the eagles and corners of the bench had been broken off (as early as the 1960s) and school district employees had cleaned graffiti that occasionally appeared. In 1998, the monument was thoroughly cleaned, the base reset, eagles’ heads and broken bench corners repaired in a composite material and gardens surrounding the monument replanted and paving replaced. Interpretive signage and ground lights were added to the site.

Clarence Brazer, an architect who resided in Lansdowne, offered his services free-of-charge after the community had explored a number of other projects to memorial those who died during the war. Other suggested memorials included elaborate street lights at the borough’s main intersection Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues and the creation of a boys club.

The monument originally sat on East Baltimore Avenue just west of the corner of Highland Avenue on the front lawn of Lansdowne School.

When a new Junior/Senior High School was constructed in 1929 the monument was moved to directly across the street from the Lansdowne High School entrance (Now named Penn Wood High School) at the top of a small set of steps at the edge of the girls’ athletic field on Green Avenue. Within a few years, the monument was relocated to the south end of the high school building in a small garden. The monument remains there today.

Location

Green and Highland Avenues
Lansdowne, Delaware, Pennsylvania

Contributing Institution

Matt Schultz (history and description) and Barry Johnson (contemporary photographs)