Soldiers Memorial

A Tribute to Those Who Sacrificed

Saint Louis, Missouri

Visual and material connections between the Memorial and the Court of Honor


The Court of Honor

A Revitalized Landmark

Early conceptual image illustrating the Court of Honor and Event Lawn | Laura Linn Illustration


The Memorial Rooms will highlight relocated name placards identifying fallen soldiers

Memorial Rooms

Early conceptual imagery of the Memorial Rooms | Laura Linn Illustration


In evening hours, lighting will highlight features and provide a safe and updated experience


Proposed event lawn adjacent a refurbished Court of Honor.

“It’ll be a place where we can reminisce, but also where we can teach children about service and sacrifice.”

Tom Irwin | USMC (ret.), Executive Director of Civic Progress


Missouri Historical Society

Mackey Mitchell Architects

Grice Group Architects

Civil Design, Inc.

KAI Design & Build

Hydro Dramatics

BSI Constructors

Project Facts

4 acres


President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the downtown site of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum on October 14, 1936, as a tribute to St. Louisans who sacrificed their lives in World War I. The art deco edifice faces the Court of Honor, a public park and plaza located across the street which memorializes World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In 2015, the Missouri Historical Society signed on to oversee the renovation and reconstruction of the Memorial, and to serve as its long term steward.

DTLS worked as part of a multidisciplinary design team to revitalize and enhance the grounds of the Soldiers Memorial and the Court of Honor. Because of the site’s historic nature, the project is very much about preservation and restoration. At the same time, the Client recognized the need to reimagine the Memorial in a 21st Century context. With that in mind, the site design seeks to unify the two blocks with an urban multi-function plaza space, while new fountains activate the Court of Honor, and outdoor memorial rooms provide space for quiet contemplation.

The Details

  • Formal Spaces
    Formal Spaces

    Formal Spaces

  • Art Deco Icon

  • Honor

  • Grid

  • Great Lawn

  • Indelible History

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