Pittsburgh World War I
Monuments and Memorials

There are numerous monuments in the Pittsburgh area that commemorate the region’s involvement in The Great War and the local residents who served our country. There are also several memorials to those who paid the ultimate price. On this page, we have attempted to feature as many as possible.

Frank Vittor, Master Sculptor
No presentation of Pittsburgh monuments would be complete without mentioning sculptor Frank Vittor (1888–1968), whose more than 50 works are on view throughout the Pittsburgh area. A native of Mozzato, Como, Italy, a suburb of Milan, Vittor studied art at the Academy of Beres in Milan, then moved to Paris to study under Auguste Rodin. In 1906, he relocated to New York City at the invitation of noted architect Stanford White, who hired Vittor to work at his firm. Two weeks later, White was murdered. Vittor, having little money and knowing little English, opened his own studio. Eventually, he met his future wife in New York and moved to Pittsburgh with her, where he remained. In addition to his war memorials, Vittor’s works include the statue of Pirates' great Honus Wagner that stands near PNC Park and the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park. At left is a photo from 1925 of Vittor sculpting silent film actress Priscilla Dean. Vittor also taught art at the Carnegie Institute and founded the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors.

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Frank Vittor with actress Priscilla Dean, 1925



Lawrenceville: The Doughboy

After World War I, the people who lived in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood wanted to build a monument to honor soldiers from their community. The Doughboy, designed by Allen George Newman and erected by the citizens of the Fifth Zone, Sixth Ward and the Arsenal Board of Trade, is one of the city’s most recognizable statues. It has stood at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Butler Street since it was dedicated on Decoration Day—May 31,1921.

The bronze figure wears a helmet, holds a rifle and carries ammunition. An honor roll listing the names of soldiers from Lawrenceville wraps around the base of the monument. The plaque below the soldier reads as follows:

“In memory and honor of those who made the supreme sacrifice and of the service men of the World War 1917–1918.



Downtown: World War I Memorial Pillars

Also created by Frank Vittor, these columns mark the entrance to the Boulevard of the Allies at Grant Street.

Both columns are topped with beautiful eagles with wings spread. On the base of both columns (facing Grant Street) is the image of Lady Liberty on a shield, an eternal flame, multiple flags, oak leaves, and wings. The inscription carved into the one side reads:

“To Commemorate the deeds of valor and sacrifice of those who contributed to the successful termination of the world war and to the abiding hope of an enduring peace this boulevard is dedicated.”

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Brookline: The Cannon

Whether you call it the Brookline Monument or "The Cannon,” this monument, positioned on a small island where Brookline Boulevard meets Queensboro and Chelton avenues, has been a prominent part of this city neighborhood since 1934. It’s the centerpiece of Veteran's Memorial Park, also known as Triangle Park

The cannon that stands today is actually the second one to be displayed. According to the Brookline Connection website, the town’s original cannon, a surplus artillery item from World War I dedicated as a monument in 1934, was in place for eight years until it was donated by the American Legion to Jones & Laughlin Steel in Hazelwood to be melted down during a scrap metal drive for World War II. Before sending it to the mill, the cannon was inscribed with the words, “To Japan via U.S. Armed Forces.”

After World War II, an Army surplus Model 1917 Schneider 155mm Howitzer replaced Brookline’s original cannon in the park, and the monument was re-dedicated in 1946. Many decades later, in 1992, the white marble Veteran's memorial was replaced with the present-day polished pink granite and bronze monument after the end of the first Persian Gulf War.

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Oakland: "Parade Rest and Lookout" at Soldiers and Sailors Hall

Designed by Frederick Cleveland Hibbard (1881–1950) and placed in 1923, these statues, entitled "Parade Rest and Lookout," stand in from of the entrance to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

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Oakland/Schenley Heights: Robert Williams Park Memorial

Commissioned by the American Legion and the Mothers of Democracy at a cost of $6,100 in 1922, this sculpture by Frank Vittor stands at the corner of Adelaide and Milwaukee streets in Robert Williams Park, Schenley Heights.

This monument recognizes the contributions of World War I veterans of the Fifth Ward. An honor roll sits on the granite base and a bronze eagle with partially extended wings rests above it. A plaque near the sculpture designates the work as a Historic Landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.

Also, a plaque memorializing Thomas Enright of Bloomfield, one of the first Americans killed during a World War I, was placed in 1930 at the southeast corner of what are now Roberto Clemente and Schenley drives.

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Oakland: Schenley Park "Hygeia" World War I Memorial

Sculptor Giuseppe Moretti's 1922 bronze "Hygeia" stands in front of Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park. In classical Greek mythology, Hygeia, daughter of Aesculapius, was the goddess of health. Fittingly, this bronze statue depicts her holding a caduceus and torch because it was commissioned by the Allegheny County Medical Society to commemorate 450 of its members who served in World War I--each of whose names is inscribed in the granite base.

Moretti had strong Pittsburgh ties, maintaining a residence and studio on Bigelow Boulevard from 1916 to 1923. Several of his works are on view throughout the city, including the bronze panthers on the Panther Hollow Bridge.

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Squirrel Hill: World War I Memorial Grove

Located near Westinghouse Pond in Schenley Park, this memorial marks a grove designed to honor World War I soldiers.

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North Side: World War I and II Honor Roll

The city's 23rd Ward honors its veteranswith this monument located near Allegheny Center in East Park, where Sandusky and Stockton Avenues intersect with South Commons.

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North Side/Brighton Heights: World War I Memorial

This sculpture by Allen George Newman (1875-1940) was placed in the center of Legion Park, located at Brighton Road and Shadeland Avenue, in 1922. It features an honor roll of neighborhoodr esidents who served during World War I/

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North Side/Brighton Heights: Jacks Run WWI Memorial Columns

These memorial columns were placed on California Avene, at the end of thebridge over Jacks Run Road. The bridge leads into Bellevue.

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South Side: St. Josaphat Church War I and II Memorial

This memorial, fabricated by Donatelli Monuments on Pittsburgh North Side, is located across the street from St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church and lists the names of parishioners who served in World Wars I and II.

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Millvale: World War I Memorial

Millvale's memorial depicts a charging Doughboy, one of several such monuments in the Pittsburgh area, along with a plaque honoring the city's residents who served in World War I.

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Mount Washington: St. Mary of the Mount World War I Memorial

This memorial stands to the right of the Catholic church's main doors on Granview Avenue and honors parishioners who founght in World War I.

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Beechview: Community War Memorial

This memorial stands at Broadway Avenue and Shiras Avenue, at the Shiras Avenue T stop. It is accompanied by an honor roll listing the names of those who served.

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Beltzhoover: Warrington World War I War Memorial

The Warrington World War I War Memorial was erected in1924 at East Warrington Avenue and EstellaAvenue.

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Carrick: World War I Honor Roll

In 1923, this monumented was created by Philips Park and erected at the intersection of Spokane Avene and Parkfield Street.

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Greenfield: World War I and II Honor Roll

Greenfield's honor roll, located on Beechwood Boulevard near McGee Field, lists the names of soldiers who served in World War I and II.

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Braddock: "Winged Victory" World War I Memorial

The Braddock memorial,"Winged Victory," dedicated in 1922, stands in the courtyard of the Braddock Carnegie Library. Designed by Frank Vittor, the bronze statue shows a winged goddess holding symbols of battle and victory.

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Bellevue: Soldiers' Memorial

Italian-American sculptor Giuseppe Moretti created the heroic-looking figure for his 10-foot-tall Soldiers Memorial in Bellevue’s Bayne Park. Since 1921, the statue has stood at the intersection of North Balph and Teece streets. Depicted is a man leaving his plow and anvil behind as he strides forward. In his right hand, he holds up a winged figure that represents victory.

Like many of the local community monuments, it lists the names of everyone from the borough who served during the war, including those who volunteered for the YMCA-sponsored welfare services provided to U.S. soldiers in Europe.

Among the names of the 14 Bellevue residents who “gave the last full measure of devotion” is that of Alice Luella Thompson. According to a history of Bayne Park, Ms. Thompson was a nurse who died while in service.

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Dormont: WWI Memorial

Two servicemen from Dormont who lost their lives in France in 1918 are remembered on a memorial that stands at the community’s VFW post on West Liberty Avenue.

Although the VFW post wasn’t established until just after the end of World War II, its granite WWI memorial monument was dedicated several years earlier, in 1930, standing for many years on Memorial Drive in Dormont Park. John Meighen, quartermaster at Post 694 and Korean War veteran, has been quoted as saying that nobody saw it during its time in the park. “Half the people in town didn’t even know it was there,” he said.

That changed in 2009 during Dormont’s centennial celebration, when Meighen and other fellow veterans arranged for the memorial to be refurbished and relocated to a spot next to the VFW post on the borough’s busy main street. It now stands in from of a memorial wall that honors veterans of all wars. According to Meighen, the newer location gives the memorial increased prominence and makes it part of a larger tribute to veterans, he said.

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Neville Township: WWI Memorial

In Neville Township, which includes all of Neville Island, there’s a bronze plaque inscribed with the “Roll of Honor of the young men who answered the call of their country in the Great War.”

The plaque was erected in 1920 in front of the township building and was moved to its current location in Memorial Park in 1983. Over the decades, new monuments honoring men and women who served in more recent wars have been added.

Dorothy Antonelli, president of the nonprofit community organization Neville Green, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “these kind(s) of memorials are so important to veterans and their families. They show that their country and their community have recognized their service.”

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Coraopolis: "Charging Doughboy"

Coraopolis’ “Charging Doughboy,” the statue that serves as the town’s World War I monument, stands in front of the VFW’s Keith-Holmes Post 402. Varying accounts say the monument was dedicated in 1920 or 1925.

The bronze memorial, commissioned by Coraopolis and cast by the V.C. Getty Co. on the North Side, cost about $3,400 when it was dedicated. For many years, it stood in front of Cornell High School on State Avenue. When the school was closed in 2010, the memorial was moved a few blocks to the Coraopolis Memorial Library at State Avenue and School Street Several years ago, the doughboy was relocated to Fifth Avenue and Mulberry Street

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Stowe Township: "Charging Doughboy"

Like Coraopolis, Stowe Township--located just down the Ohio River near McKees Rocks-- has a “Charging Doughboy,”

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Ingram: World War I Memorial

In World War I memorial in Ingram takes the form of a broze plaque mounted on the outside wall of the Borough Building. The plaque lists the names of the borough residents who served in The Great War.

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West End: World War I Memorial

An eagle atop a granite pedestal sits on a lawn in West End Park.

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