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GAR Memorial Building
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic District Contributing Property
Location: 23 East Downer Place

Aurora, Illinois

Built/Founded: 1877
Governing body: City of Aurora
Added to NRHP: August 23, 1984
NRHP Reference#: 84001130 [1]

The Grand Army of the Republic Hall is an historic building located at 23 East Downer Place on Stolp Island in Aurora, Illinois, in the United States. The hall was built in 1877 by members of Aurora Post No. 20, Grand Army of the Republic, as a memorial to the Union Army veterans of the Civil War. It was one of many such halls built in the country. On August 23, 1984, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It is now the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, which is owned and operated by the City of Aurora.

National Register listing[]

  • GAR Memorial Building (added 1984 - Building - #84001130)
  • 23 E. Downer Pl., Aurora
  • Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
  • Architect, builder, or engineer: Mulvey,Joesph
  • Architectural Style: Late Gothic Revival
  • Area of Significance: Social History, Architecture
  • Period of Significance: 1875-1899
  • Owner: Local Gov't
  • Historic Function: Education
  • Historic Sub-function: Library
  • Current Function: Recreation And Culture
  • Current Sub-function: Museum

The first page indicates that it is now the David L. Pierce Art and History Center. This is incorrect. It is still the GAR Memorial Hall. The archives are temporaily located across the street at the David L. Pierce Art and History Center while the GAR is underoing a major renovation.


Originally the hall was the meeting place of the Aurora GAR Post No. 20, which was one of 779 posts in the Department of Illinois.[2] It is now owned and operated by the City of Aurora as the David L. Pierce Art and History Center.[3]

See also[]

The David L. Piece Art and History Center is a separate building located across the street from the GAR Memorial Hall building.


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