Youngstown in Mahoning County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Civil War Soldiers' Monument / Realty Building
The figure atop the Soldiers' Monument has looked over Youngstown's Central Square since 1870. Ohio Governor David Tod began campaigning for a monument for Youngstown's fallen soldiers even before the Civil War ended. The community raised $15,000, and the cornerstone was laid in 1868. The memorial was completed and dedicated on July 4, 1870, with Governor Rutherford B. Hayes and Congressman James A. Garfield, both future U.S. presidents, attending the ceremony. Four cannons procured by Garfield formerly surrounded the monument. In 1951 the figure on the pedestal was accidentally damaged. A new statue of Carrara marble was commissioned, sculpted in Italy, and installed in 1955. The Bertolini Bros., a local marble firm, donated the new figure, which was patterned after the original, as their gift to the city.
The Youngstown architectural firm of Edgar Stanley (182-1944) and Morris W. Scheibel (1887-1976) designed the Realty Building in 1921 for the Realty Guarantee and Trust Company. the 12-story skyscraper, completed in 1924, uses the tri-part column
Erected 2014 by Youngstown Cityscape, Frank and Pearl Gelbman Foundation, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 39-50.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1870.
Location. 41° 5.98′ N, 80° 38.948′ W. Marker is in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and Federal Plaza East, on the right when traveling north on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47 Federal Plaza, Youngstown OH 44503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Central Square (1900-2004) / Stambaugh Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Tower / Mahoning National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of the Heroes of the Township (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Log School (within shouting distance of this marker); Union National Bank Building / Central Square (1798-1899) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1959-1975 The Vietnam War (about 300 feet away); A Little Bit of Youngstown’s History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Little Steel Strike (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Youngstown.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.