In 1915 a bond issue of $300,000 was approved by a vote of the citizens for the construction of the Pueblo City Hall and Auditorium. Memorial Hall was originally designed in conjunction with City Hall between 1916 and 1919 by Pueblo architect, William W. Stickney and New York architect, Godley and Haskell. Contractor C.S. Lambie constructed the buildings.
Memorial Hall was dedicated on September 25, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson at his last public address and was named as a memorial to those who died in World War I.
Memorial Hall is an example of late 19th Century and early 20th Century auditorium design and is one of the few representative structures of this period and type in the State of Colorado.
The proscenium is comprised of intricately detailed plaster ornament and includes two level-side boxes and grillage housing the historic Austin Orchestral Pipe Organ.
The pipe organ is the third largest of its kind in the United States. A grand stairway and lobby with detailed ceiling panels, terrazzo flooring and marbled walls is shared by Memorial Auditorium and City Hall.
A renovation plan was approved by voters in 2010 that included major repairs and upgrades to both the interior and exterior of Memorial and City Hall. Memorial Hall began hosting performances again in 2013.
This collection consists of covers of playbills from performances at Memorial Hall as well as historic images primarily of the exterior of City Hall & Memorial Hall. Additionally, there are images of city halls used by Pueblo prior to the construction of City Hall & Memorial Hall.