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Linn County: Cedar Rapids
GPS Coordinates: 41.976740 by -91.671170
Veterans Memorial Building with Grant Wood Stained Glass Window
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This building is a memorial with several wonderful Civil War items, including the stained glass memorial window designed by Grant Wood. The window includes a 16 foot "Lady of Mourning" and life size soldiers from the Revolutionary War through WWI. The window was completed in 1929. There are several plaques and a 12 pounder bronze mountain howitzer, M1835, cast at Cyrus Alger & Co. in 1862. It has an inscription saying it was captured in Philadelphia, Tennessee in 1863. There is a small museum with military artifacts off the lobby. The building is on an island in the Cedar River just west of the business district. Photos taken 3/11/08 and 5/1/09.
Due to severe flooding on June 11 and 12, 2008, the building has been closed. The basement was completely flooded and there was a foot of water on the first floor (shown in photo). The auditorium floor was destroyed. The stained glass window has been repaired. It is important that work proceeds to restore this wonderful memorial building.