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History

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This monument in Joyce Kilmer Park honors Louis J. Heintz (1861-1893), early Bronx civic leader, and the first Street Commissioner for the district of the Bronx. French sculptor Pierre Feitu (b.1868) created the bronze figure of Heintz. The monument was dedicated in 1909 at the Grand Concourse, which Heintz advocated in behalf of as Street Commissioner.

Heintz was born in Manhattan in 1861 and began his career with the John Eichler Brewing Company, which was owned by his uncle; Heintz served as president of the Brewers’ Board of Trade of New York. After a section of the Bronx known as the 23rd and 24th Wards was annexed by New York City in the 19th century, Heintz became involved with the campaign by Bronx residents to create a separate board of improvements for the district. Heintz contributed to the campaign out of his own pocket, and became well regarded in the community in the process.

After the successful campaign he became the Bronx’s first Street Commissioner, essentially the position for which he had been lobbying, and worked on initial plans for the Grand Concourse. A rising political star, Heintz contracted a cold during Presidential inauguration ceremonies for one-time New York Governor Grover Cleveland (1837–1908) and died soon thereafter.

The monument once included a draped female figure called “Fame” that was depicted inscribing the words on the granite pedestal; it was vandalized and removed to storage. The monument was conserved in 2000.

Louis J. Heintz Memorial Details

  • Sculptor: Pierre Feitu
  • Architect: William Welles Bosworth
  • Description: Standing figure with integral plinth on a pedestal on a three-step base; a female figure stands at the front of the pedestal in the act of writing an inscription on it
  • Materials: Figures--bronze; Pedestal and steps--Somesound granite
  • Dimensions: Total H: 19'6" W: 9' D" 9'
  • Cast: 1905
  • Dedicated: 1909
  • Inscription: 1) Signed on integral plinth, proper left: PIERRE FEITU NY 1909 /

    2) Founder's mark on integral plinth, proper right: AUBRY BRO'S FOUNDERS N.Y. /

    3) Front of pedestal: LOUIS J. HEINTZ

    4) Front of pedestal, words being written by Fame: TO COMMEMORATE / THE FOUNDING OF / THE PROGRESS AND / PROSPERITY OF THE / BRONX /

    5) Plaque at pedestal rear: JOHN J. RONNER / JOHN H. KNOPPEL / WILLIAM G. MC CREA / LOUIS A. RISSE / LOUIS F. FAFFEN / ADOLPH C. HUPFEL / MATHEW P. BREEN / HENRY C. SCHRADER / ARTHUR C. BUTTS / 1905 /

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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