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U.S.S. Maine National Monument map_it

  • Location: 59th Street and Central Park West, Columbus Circle
  • Sculptor: Attilio Piccirilli (colossal group and figures); Charles Keck ("In Memoriam" plaque)
  • Architect: Harold Van Buren Magonigle
  • Description: Pylon fountain embellished with colossal group, nine figures (heroic scale), and frieze; three plaques (two large, one small); four gate houses, each with a door and three low reliefs
  • Materials: Pylon--Maine granite; colossal group--bronze (gilded); figures--Tennessee pink marble; plaques--bronze; gate houses--marble; gate house doors--bronze; gate house reliefs--granite
  • Dimensions: Total H: 63' L: 74' W: 55'; Pylon face W: 17'9" at bottom, 15' at top; side, W: 15'6" at bottom, 13' at top; Base L 21'6" W: 19'; Colossal group H: 20'; Large plaques H: 1'1" W: 1'3"; Small plaque H: 6" W: 10"; Each gate house H: 12'6" L: 9' W: 9'
  • Cast: September 1, 1912
  • Dedicated: May 30, 1913
  • Foundry: Jno. Williams Inc., Bronze Foundry, NY ("In Memoriam" plaque)
  • Donor: National Maine Monument Fund (raised by public subscription); United Spanish War Veterans (Chidwick plaque only)
  • Inscription: 1) Front group, proper right: ATTILIO PICCIRILLI SCVLPTOR /

    2) Front group, proper left: HAROLD VAN BVREN MAGONIGLE FAIA ARCHITECT /

    3) Front: TO / THE VALIANT SEAMEN / WHO PERISHED IN THE / MAINE / BY FATE VNWARNED / IN DEATH VNAFRAID /---/ MDCCCXCVIII / MCMXII /

    4) Above rear group: TO THE FREEMEN / WHO DIED IN THE / WAR WITH SPAIN / THAT OTHERS / MIGHT BE FREE /---/ MDCCCXCVIII / MCMXII /

    5) Below rear group: ERECTED THROVGH PVBLIC SVBSCRIPTION / BY THE NATIONAL MAINE MONVMENT COMMITTEE / JAMES GRANT WILSON --- CHAIRMAN / WILLIAM R HEARST --- GEORGE F SHRADY / JOHN W KELLER --- J EDWARD SIMMONS /

    6) Plaque, proper right of rear group: IN MEMORY OF RT. REV. MSGR. JOHN P. CHIDWICK / CHAPLAIN IN CHIEF / UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS / CHAPLAIN, UNITED STATES NAVY, / IN SERVICE ON THE / BATTLESHIP MAINE / AT THE TIME OF HER DESTRUCTION. / DEDICATED BY / THE SPANISH WAR VETERANS / SEPTEMBER 15, 1935. /

    7) Plaque, proper left of rear group: IN MEMORIAM /---/ U.S.S. MAINE / DESTROYED IN HAVANA HARBOR / FEBRUARY 15th 1898 / THIS TABLET IS CAST FROM METAL RECOVERED FROM THE U.S.S. MAINE /

    8) Plaque, proper left of Pacific Ocean figure: ILLUMINATION PROVIDED / IN MEMORY OF / E. BARTLEY OSBORN / BY HIS LOVING WIFE / GLORIA / 1983 /

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

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