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William Church Osborn Gates

  • Location: Fifth Avenue and East 84th-85th Streets
  • Sculptor: Paul Manship
  • Architect: Aymar Embury II (designer)
  • Description: Decorative gate with piers topped with animal groups
  • Materials: Bronze, Minn. mahog. Cold Spring granite
  • Dimensions: Gates H: 6' W: 4'; Pylons H: 8'5" W: 1'6" D: 1'6"; Group H: 2'9"
  • Dedicated: 1953
  • Donor: William Church Osborn Memorial Committee
  • Inscription: EAST PYLON: IN / MEMORY OF / WILLIAM / CHURCH / OSBORN / 1861-1951 / HE
    SERVED HIS / CITY AND STATE / FAITHFULLY / AND WELL/

    WEST PYLON: PRESIDENT / THE CHILDREN'S / AID SOCIETY / 1901-1949/
    NEW YORK / SOCIETY FOR / THE RELIEF OF / THE RUPTURED / AND CRIPPLED/
    1910-1925 / 1928-1937 / METROPOLITAN / MUSEUM OF ART / 1941-1947/

    GATES: EAST: THE FOX AND THE CROW / THE CROW LISTENED TO THE
    FOXES / FLATTERY DROPPED THE CHEESE/

    THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE / SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE/

    WEST: THE CRANE ALOFT SURVEYS THE WORLD.. / THE
    EARTHBOUND / PEACOCK STRUTS AND BOASTS / WOE TO THE LAMB THAT
    DISPUTES THE WOLF / THE CITY MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE./

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

For more information, please contact Art & Antiquities at (212) 360-8143

Directions to Central Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

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Raccoons in Central Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.

Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. Keep your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.


Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018

Nature CentersBelvedere Castle Visitor Center

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.

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Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.

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