The Tennessee War Memorial Building is situated in downtown Nashville at the base of the state capitol, and was built as an enduring memorial to the Tennessee soldiers who died in World War I. Begun in 1923 and dedicated in 1925, the memorial initially included an auditorium, a park, and rooms for an archives and museum to preserve the state's heritage and encourage civic engagement. The Tennessee State Museum operated in the museum space until 1981 when it was transformed into the Military Branch of the State Museum. The War Memorial was designed in the Greek Doric order by architect Edward Dougherty, affiliated with the New York firm of McKim, Mead and White. The building has an atrium as its focal point with the names of the 3,400 Tennesseans who gave their lives in the Great War engraved into the west and north walls. A striking statue entitled "Victory" by Nashville sculptor Belle Kinney stands upon a granite pedestal, dominating the central atrium.