World War I Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri

Designed by Harold Van Buren Magonigle, the Liberty Memorial, or more commonly referred to as the World War I Memorial, towers over southern Kansas City. It is fascinating in its design, as I am not readily able to identify any architectural archetypes upon which it is based.

A sleek, slender shaft of limestone juts up out of a simple plaza of the same stone, and then is topped with a large oblong globe.

Described by one source as being Egyptian Revival, I fail to see any strong connections to that style other than in the fluting on the shaft of the memorial.

The surrounding structures, which once held museums dedicated to the war, are in fact in a severe Egyptian Revival style.

Shrouded sphinxes flank either side of the approach to the main monument.

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