The War Memorial Veterans Building and its sister, the Opera House, were completed in 1932 as a living memorial to the World War I Veterans. The Memorial Grove, between the buildings, is a living tribute to those who died in World War I.
The War Memorial Veterans Building, San Francisco
The Court of Memory links the two sister buildings; the Court is enclosed by gilded and painted gates that were inspired by the entries to Versailles, where the Peace Treaty (Armistice) was signed in 1918. Thomas Church, the famous California landscape architect, designed the court and its plantings. The plants in front are Pittasporum Undulatim; the trees in the court are Sycamore, or plane trees; the borders are Japanese Boxwood; and the ground cover is Franciscan Ivy.
The United Nations Charter was signed in the Veterans Auditorium (now, Herbst Pavilion) in June of 1945, and earth from each of the original 51 signatory countries was ceremoniously incorporated in the earth of Memory Court. Later earth from American military cemeteries was also incorporated.
(The above information excerpted from a paper prepared by the Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association, San Francisco Chapter 44; the paper was presented by Mary Goodsell, President, January 1988)