National Historic Landmark -- New Martinsville, West Virginia -- Wetzel County
Marne Post 28 of the American Legion provided land and considerable money to build a living memorial to those who served in World War I. In 1928, architect Millard F. Giesey, of Wheeling, West Virginia, employed buff brick and Neoclassical simplicity to create a War Memorial Building that would provide space for large social gatherings and smaller meetings. A ballroom with maple flooring dominates the elevated first floor, which opens to a lobby with a World War I Memorial. Offices and a meeting room are accomodated in flanking rooms, and a second larger meeting room is located at the rear of the building. The second floor, reserved for the American Legion, has a meeting room with a small kitchen and restroom. The lower floor accommodates a gymnasium, a commercial kitchen, restrooms, and a mechanical service area. The grounds are graced with a large flagpole, a 9-mm World War II cannon, and a granite marker that honors Korean War veterans.
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