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The Washington Arch: Construction of the Iconic New York City Landmark in 1892


I love old pictures of New York. I found a gem today of a famous New York City landmark, The Washington Arch. The Illustrated American, dateline June, 11, 1892, captured on its cover a view of horse-drawn carriages driving under the nearly completed monument.

The original arch, made of plaster and wood, was erected in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of the inauguration of President Washington. Due to its immense popularity, the permanent marble arch, designed by New York architect Stanford White, was built in 1892. The inscription on the top of the arch reads:

“Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God”

So next time you are in New York City, mosey on down to Washington Park and see if you can image those buggies driving under that historic landmark. What a wonderful picture of 19th Century New York!