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Ledyard Flagstaff, 1908
John Carrère (1858-1911) and Thomas Hastings (1860-1929)
Yale Alumni War Memorial, 1926-27
Thomas Hastings and Everett V. Meeks (1879-1954)
Location: Hewitt University Quadrangle (Beinecke Plaza)

After winning the design competition for the New York Public Library in 1897, the prominent architectural firm of Carrère & Hastings employed a similar French-inspired Beaux-Arts style for Yale’s Bicentennial Buildings (Memorial Hall, Commons, and Woolsey Hall), completed in 1901. The firm embellished this complex in 1908 with the Ledyard Flagstaff, given in memory of a young alumnus killed in the Spanish-American War. Hastings again amended the space two decades later, collaborating with Yale School of the Fine Arts Dean Everett V. Meeks on a World War I memorial cenotaph and Corinthian colonnade with battle names across its entablature. The stylized Art Deco carvings on the sandstone and slate altar to liberty include eagles and ornamental garlands like those on the flagpole, here interwoven with tanks, guns, and other elements of modern technological warfare. Flagstaff: Erected by members of the Class of 1898. War Memorial: Erected by the graduates of Yale University