Westminster College Gymnasium

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Westminster College Gymnasium
Westminister College gym from E 1.JPG
View from the east
Westminster College Gymnasium is located in Missouri
Westminster College Gymnasium
Location Fulton, Missouri
Coordinates 38°50′53.56″N 91°57′22.61″W / 38.8482111°N 91.9562806°W / 38.8482111; -91.9562806Coordinates: 38°50′53.56″N 91°57′22.61″W / 38.8482111°N 91.9562806°W / 38.8482111; -91.9562806
Built 1929
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 68000030
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 23, 1968[1]
Designated NHL May 2, 1968[2]

Westminster College Gymnasium in Fulton, Missouri was the site of Winston Churchill's March 5, 1946 "Sinews of Peace" speech, in which he stated that

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."

The speech at Westminster College focused on the United Nations, nuclear proliferation and Soviet expansion.[2]

The 80 feet (24 m) by 155-foot (47 m) brick structure was built in 1928-29 with two-story office blocks to either side of the prominent entrance block, backed by the gymnasium. The entrance is designated by fluted Corinthian pilasters framing punched window openings.[3]

In 1968, the gymnasium was designated a National Historic Landmark,[2] as the venue for Churchill's speech before an audience of 2800.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "Westminster College Gymnasium". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b Stephen Lissandrello (April 3, 1975). National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination: Westminster College Gymnasium PDF (340 KB). National Park Service. 

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