War Memorial Hall
(more generally known as Memorial Hall
) is a landmark building on the campus of the University of Georgia
(UGA) in Athens, Georgia
, United States.
The impetus for the building began in 1903 as a joint project between the local YMCA
and the University to construct a recreational facility; however, the YMCA eventually decided to build their own building elsewhere in Athens. The University began construction in 1910 on Lucas Hill and spent $59,000 before halting construction when no additional funds were available.
Athens businessman and alumni Harry Hodgson (class of 1893) renewed construction on the building at the conclusion of World War I
by leading an Alumni Committee fundraising campaign to complete the building in honor of those UGA students that served and died in the war. The War Memorial Fund, UGA's first capital campaign, drew contributions from the Rockefeller Foundation
and renowned UGA benefactor George Foster Peabody
amongst others to collect almost $800,000.
Upon completion in 1925, bronze
plaques were installed in the rotunda
of the hall that contained the names of every UGA alumni that died in the war. UGA Chancellor David Barrow
wrote the following inscription that was placed on the rotunda
War Memorial Hall served as the student recreation center until the Dean William Tate
student center was opened in 1984. Memorial Hall was then used to house the student-run radio station WUOG
and several other campus organizations in addition to... Read More