Great Lakes in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Great Lakes History Trail Stop 5
The original Drill Hall, now a gymnasium, was designed with battered walls to give the massive building a military, fort-like appearance. Above the main entrance, the architects provided a large ornamentation of the bow of an ancient sailing ship, oars in oarlocks and surmounted by a large spread eagle to serve as a masthead. In times of war the Drill Hall has served variously as a storehouse, barracks, hospital ward and, during WWII, housed a Protestant chapel at one end and a Catholic chapel at the other.
Erected by Naval Station Great Lakes.
Location. 42° 18.776′ N, 87° 50.324′ W. Marker is in Great Lakes, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker is on Dewey Avenue near Sampson Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the Historic District of Naval Station Great Lakes. Marker is in this post office area: Great Lakes IL 60088, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Original Architectural Design (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War I / Between the Wars (about 400 feet away); The First Recruit / Original Historic Structures (about 400 feet away); Black and White Origins of the Base / Construction (about 400 feet away); The Golden Thirteen (about 400 feet away); World War II (about 600 feet away); Great Lakes Athletics (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Great Lakes.
Also see . . .
1. Naval Station Great Lakes. (Submitted on November 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Great Lakes Naval Museum. (Submitted on November 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Great Lakes Naval Training Station. (Submitted on November 18, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Education • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 439 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.