The William T. Stead Memorial, Central Park at 91st Street

William T. Stead Memorial

The William T. Stead Memorial, dedicated to the British journalist William T. Stead, is a replica of the London original by British artist George James Frampton, which was set into a wall of the Embankment Promenade facing the Thames.  Stead, a well-known writer who founded the Review of Reviews in 1890, perished aboard the Titanic… Continue reading

The John Purroy Mitchel Memorial, 91st Street and Fifth Avenue

The John Purroy Mitchel Monument

This unusual work honors the memory of John Purroy Mitchel, who, upon taking office in 1914 at the age of 34, was and remains New York City’s youngest elected mayor.  A noted reformer famed for his personal honesty, Mitchel joined the army after failing to win reelection and died in a training mishap: news of… Continue reading

The Richard Morris Hunt Memorial

Richard Morris Hunt Memorial

Standing across the street from the Frick Collection, the 1898 Richard Morris Hunt Memorial pays tribute to the leading New York City architect of its day, whose numerous mansion designs for the Vanderbilt Family and others once lined Fifth Avenue.  Inventor of the Chateau Revival style, also known satirically as “Vanderbilt Gothic”, Hunt also was… Continue reading

The 107th Infantry Memorial

107th Regiment Memorial

Charging down the length of East 67th Street, the 107th Infantry Memorial commemorates the members of the 107th New York Infantry Regiment, famed as the “silk stockings” regiment and mustered largely from the blue-blooded sons of the district’s leading citizens.  Better known for their lavish Victorian lair on Park Avenue, home to some of Louis… Continue reading

Patience and Fortitude

Patience & Fortitude

As our 250th post on “Every Building on Fifth” we visit two of the most immediately recognizable and beloved works of public art in the city. Officially named “Leo Astor” and “Leo Lennox” to honor two of the original major patrons of the New York Public Library’s collections, the pair of stone lions that guard… Continue reading

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