Feel free to put whatever spin you like on the wording. But the fact remains that during the original discussion the memorial committee report stated that the building would have a memorial foyer. The intent is to retain that portion of the building, with little modification. The living memorial remains. Auditorium concepts were also discussed by the folks in 1950. They envision two types of auditoriums – and arena type and one with a stage. The plan was to have both, but that did not pan out due to cost. The memorial foyer will remain along with the Peace Memorial Auditorium (arena type) and portal seating/stage platforms.
Some key points from the historic documents:
In September of 1949 the Memorial Committee reported:
That the building be a memorial for those that served in the armed forces.
The same recommendation included the desire for two auditoriums, one arena type and one with a stage. Other desires included a kitchen facility, city offices, a youth program, museum, rifle range and city offices. The wants far exceeded the ability to fund the structure.
As to the type of building the Memorial Committee recommended that it include the following features:
A memorial foyer
An Auditorium Arena Type with seating for 4000
At least one room seating about 400 equipped with a stage.
The data clearly indicates that the concept of a living memorial was based on the building and not one particular aspect of the building. If funds had been available the structure/building would have been a central municipal one stop shopping center.