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The Temple to the Brave
c. 1932

Beaumont, Texas

Livesay & Wiederman, architects

by John Troesser
Temple to the Brave building
The Temple to the Brave, Pipkin Park, Beaumont, Texas
Photo by John Troesser, 2000
In Beaumont's Pipkin Park - a stone's throw from the Jefferson County Courthouse, stands a rusticated building that resembles a chapel in the English countryside. Except, in this case, there are no tombstones. It sits on a large open yard.

It is a memorial erected to dead of the First World War by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The date of the dedication - October 18, 1932 corresponds to the day 18 years earlier when American forces suffered some the heaviest casualties of the war - just a few days before the armistice of November 11, 1918 was signed.

It's an understated building with a steep pitched roof that once was made of slate shingles from the old Jefferson County Courthouse (1893). The school children of Beaumont contributed $300, which was spent on re-roofing the building. The roof is now composed of asphalt composition shingles. It's regretable that material recycled from the old courthouse was disposed of in favor of an inferior material. Eight tight buttresses line the sides, framing three small stained glass windows. The wooden doors are fitted with wrought iron hinges and hardware.

Local Oilman Frank Yount donated the granite stone from which it is constructed as well as a large stained glass window on the back (West) wall of the building. The Colonel George Moffett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution donated the Gothic stained-glass windows in the front.

Big ships in Beaumont Texas
Across the Street from the Temple to the Brave
Photo by John Troesser, 2000
The structure sits across the street from a military docking facility of the Port of Beaumont.


June 2001
John Troesser

Source:
Beaumont Enterprise July 15, 1956 page 9, Section "C"
Our Thanks to the Main Reference Desk of the Beaumont Public Library

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