East Germantown World War I Memorial

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Information

Title

East Germantown World War I Memorial

Date

dedicated December 8, 1923

Description

Dedicated in 1923, East Germantown's World War I memorial comprises an 11-foot-tall granite block adorned on all sides with elaborate and impressively detailed bronze work, including plaques, insignia, and swags. The memorial was originally topped with a sculpture of an eagle, but it has been missing for decades.

The lengthy inscriptions on opposite sides include dramatic tributes to the sacrifices of the more than 1,000 East Germantown soldiers who served in the war. Inscribed on shields on opposite sides are the names of eight battles in which US troops participated and, on the corners, insignia representing the army, navy, marines, and aviation corps.

The memorial, which is in need of treatment, sits on a small triangular plot in a dense urban setting.

Location

Chelten Avenue and Wister Street
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Contributing Institution

Barry Johnson