Dedicated in January, 1910, Memorial Hall was conceived as a memorial for local soldiers who served in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. Two Dayton architects, William Earl Russ and Albert Pretzinger, were chosen through a competitive search to design the French Renaissance building. The memorial portion of the building consists of the soaring front entrance atrium, which is filled with bronze plaques, relief sculptures and paintings that depict the region’s military history. On the façade of Memorial Hall, the names of Civil War battles in which Montgomery County’s soldiers saw action are inscribed, and two statues depict soldiers from the Spanish-American War and World War I. This Dayton Original was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July of 1988.