Harold Van Buren Magonigle, Architect
800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708
Visited June 1, 2011
When I am able to take a few days and just go to a city I have never been to ( and know very little about), I love to just come upon unexpected discoveries. This was one of those discoveries. The monument is a domed classical building on the top of a hill with 108 steps leading up to it. The great lawn which extends 575 feet in front of the steps ( which I learned on a web site after my visit) was originally a five-tiered reflecting pool. The water was removed in 1951. The finely detailed building on the interior has a rotunda with a coffered dome and a round leaded stained glass oculus. Directly under the oculus is the final resting place of President McKinley and his wife Ida, in a dark marble tomb raised on a pedestal in the center of the rotunda.
Not a destination that I would have planned a roadtrip around, but was a very pleasing diversion. It’s classical proportions and prominence on the hill with the great lawn leading up to it was impressive indeed. I am sure that the climb up the 108 steps was good for me as well.
I had just visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame building nearby – lets just say that strictly from an architectural standpoint – if you are in the area stick with the McKinley National Memorial…