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James Gordon Bennett Memorial map_it

  • Location: 6th Avenue and 34th Street
  • Sculptor: Antonin Jean Carles, Paris
  • Description: Niche, pilasters, 3 figural statues, bell
  • Materials: Bronze, Milford pink granite
  • Dimensions: Bell H: 74" D: 45"; Minerva H: 11'; Left Figure H: 7'4"; Right Figure H: 6'11"; Plinth H: 5" L:10'4"
  • Dedicated: 1895; 1928; restored 1940
  • Foundry: s101 - decauville, paris, 1894
  • Fabricator: Restored by E. Gargani & Sons
  • Donor: 6th Avenue Association
  • Inscription:
    A MEMORIAL TO / JAMES GORDON BENNETT (1795-1872) / FOUNDER OF THE
    NEW YORK HERALD IN 1835 / AND TO HIS SON / JAMES GORDON BENNETT
    (1841-1918) / THRUGH WHOSE VISION AND ENTERPRISE / THE NEW YORK
    HERALD BECAME ONE OF THE / WORLD'S GREAT / NEWSPAPERS / THE BRONZE
    FIGURES OF MINERVA AND THE / BELLRINGERS ARE THE WORK OF ANTONIN/
    JEAN CARLES. THEY STOOD, FROM 1895 TO / 1921. ABOVE THE CORNICES
    OF JAMES / GORDON BENNETT'S NEW YORK HERALD / BUILDING ON THE NORTH
    SIDE OF HERALD / SQUARE AND TOLLED THE ACTIVE HOURS TO / THE
    MILLIONS. IN 1928, THEY WERE GIVEN / BY WILLIAM T. DEWART,
    PUBLISHER OF THE / NEW YORK SUN, TO NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, / THROUGH
    WHOSE GENEROSITY IN 1928 THEY / ENTERED ON PERMANENT LOAN, THE
    CARE / OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS OF THE CITY / OF NEW YORK, THAT
    THEY MAY BE HERE / RESTORED TO THEIR ORIGINAL AREA OF PLEASANT
    SERVICE, AND / TO THEIR PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF OUR / CITIZENS.
    FUNDS FOR THE RESTORATION / WERE PROVIDED BY SUBSCRIPTION OF/
    BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS WHOSE LIVES ARE / DEEP ROOTED IN THE
    NEIGHBORHOOD OF / HERALD SQUARE. / MCMXL/

    DOOR MEDALLION: OWL & CRESCENT, "LA NUIT PORTE CONSEIL"

    GODDESS OF LIBERTY ORIGINALLY FROM ALTAR OF LIBERTY IN GREENWOOD
    CEMETARY COMMEMORATING THE BATTLE OF LONG ISLAND. TABLET
    INSCRIPTION: MINERVA, GODDESS OF WISDOM, GLORY AND PATRIOTISM/
    HERE SALUTES THE STATUE OF LIBERTY.

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