This stunning architectural achievement of renowned Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen stands as a fitting memorial to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Services. Saarinen’s unique design, a floating cruciform with cantilevered portions, is now considered a classic in the development of modern architecture. The War Memorial Center was dedicated on Veterans Day 1957.
The nationally recognized artist Edmund D. Lewandowski (1914–1998), an Air Force veteran
of WWII and native of Wisconsin, was asked by Eero Saarinen to transform the west-facing
wall of the War Memorial Center into a tribute to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country from 1941 to 1945 and from 1950 to 1953.
Unveiled on Veterans Day 1959, the 1,440,000-piece mosaic features Roman numerals representing the dates of World War II and the Korean Conflict:
MCMXLI – 1941 MCMXLV – 1945
MCML – 1950 MCMLIII – 1953
The War Memorial Center was designated a Milwaukee Landmark in 1974 in honor of its architectural and cultural significance to the community.