The cornerstone for the Legion building was laid in 1919. Work was resumed on the legion in 1923. And it was dedicated on
November 2nd, 1924.
The Legion building itself originally housed the campus library, and was modeled after the Hertsmonceau Castle in Sussex, England. It was designed by St. Louis architect Albert Knell. In keeping with tradition Culver students and faculty salute the Gold Star located at each entryway upon exiting or entering, in honor of the dead.
The Culver Legion Memorial Building was dedicated to the memory of Culver's heroic dead of World War I. Never had such a distinguished contingent of national and international figures gathered on campus. Noted military figures of the war and representatives of the allied nations all met at Culver to pay tribute.
A highlight of the inspiring dedication ceremonies was E.R. Culver's formal presentation of the keys to the building to the president of The Culver Legion. As symbolic keepers of this noble memorial,
The Legion's role was indelibly etched in the past, present, and future of Culver. The Legion motto still greets those who enter the building. Above the inner door of the main entrance is the inscription: "Haec Signa Duci Mataeque Accipimus" (These emblems we accept as guide and goal.) And in the Alumni Lounge in the north wing, above the fireplace, is the original shield of The Culver Legion coat of arms which incorporates the emblems to which the motto refers. They are: oak leaf surrounded by a chain -- strength of fellowship; star enclosed by a wreath -- service and victory; broadswords and scales -- might and justice; open book flanked by torches -- tradition and knowledge
The dedication booklet below has some wondrful pictures of the legion within.
|1997 - was reonvated by designs from Gund Partnership Architecture and Planning|