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Grand Army Plaza (Manhattan)

William Tecumseh Sherman, northern side of plaza
Pomona, atop the Pulitzer Fountain
The Plaza Hotel, seen from corner of 5th Ave and 59th St

Grand Army Plaza lies at the intersection of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue in front of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, New York City. It stretches from 60th to 58th streets between East Drive and Fifth Avenue.

The plaza's northern half, carved out of the very southeasternmost corner of Central Park, has a golden equestrian statue of William Tecumseh Sherman designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Sherman sits astride behind "Victory", her one hand holding a palm frond and the other pointing the way forward. Temporary sculpture exhibits are often mounted on this side of the plaza. The southern half features the Bitter-designed "Pulitzer Fountain" contributed by publisher Joseph Pulitzer. It is topped with a bronze statue of the Roman goddess Pomona, also designed by Bitter. The world-famous Plaza Hotel sits on the southwest corner of the plaza.

The idea for such a plaza was first proposed by sculptor Karl Bitter in 1898. It was designed by Beaux-Arts architecture firm Carrère and Hastings and completed in 1916. The New York City Board of Aldermen named it Grand Army Plaza in 1923 [1] after the Grand Army of the Republic.[2]

The plaza underwent a $3.7 million renovation in 1990[3] and was renewed again in 2013, including regilding of the statue of William Tecumseh Sherman.[4]

References

  1. ^ Landmark Preservation Commission (23 July 1974). "LP-0860". NYC Landmark Designation Reports. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Grand Army Plaza". centralparknyc.org. Central Park Conservancy. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
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  4. ^ Dunlap, David (18 June 2013). "It’s General Sherman’s Time to Shine, but Not Too Much". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 


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