Brooklyn Public Monuments: Sculpture for Civic Memory and Urban Pride (Google eBook)

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2008 - Art - 176 pages
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Brooklyn, New York has forty-three major public monuments, one of America's finest collections of outdoor sculptures. This guide provides photographs, descriptions and directions for finding the monuments. Most of the monuments are in public parks. Three are World War I regimental memorials at former armories. The Mowgli Bas-reliefs are in the Prospect Park Zoo. The monuments are an enduring expression of Brooklyn's art-loving culture. Six were commissioned by the City of Brooklyn, the most monuments with sculptures commissioned by any nineteenth-century city in the United States. The Brooklyn commissions are some of the finest examples of American figurative sculpture. Seven other monuments are major works by America's ablest sculptors - Henry Kirke Brown, John Quincy Adams Ward, Daniel Chester French, Frederick William MacMonnies, Henry Merwin Shrady, Charles Cary Rumsey, and Augustus Lukeman. Elmer Sprague grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where Lee Lawrie's sculptures on the state capitol dominate the city. They started Sprague on his long-time hobby of sculpture watching. On retiring from teaching philosophy at Brooklyn College, he worked for several years as a volunteer archivist in the New York City Parks Department helping to develop the database that describes New York City's public monuments. Sprague has also spent many happy days visiting, photographing and researching the Borough of Brooklyn's public monuments. He writes about them to make them better known and to enlist public support for their continued conservation and preservation.
  

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Contents

Brooklyns Public Monuments
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Text and Maps
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Columbus ParkCadman Plaza
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C1 Robert F Kennedy Memorial 1972
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C2 Christopher Columbus 1971
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C3 Henry Ward Beecher Monument 1891
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C4 Brooklyn War Memorial World War II 1951
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C5 Mayor William Jay Gaynor Memorial 1926
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GAP4E Army 1900 GAP4FNavy 1901
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GAP5 General Gouverneur Kemble Warren 1896
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GAP6 General Henry Warner Slocum 1895
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GAP7 Henry W Maxwell Memorial 1996
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Prospect Park Entrances and Nearby Monuments
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PPE1 Eagles on Columns 1901
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PPE2 James ST Stranahan 1891
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PPE3 Pumas or Panthers 1898
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Northeast Brooklyn
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NE1 Greenpoint Memorial Victory 1923
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NE2 Monitor and Merrimac Memorial 1938
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NE3 George Washington at Valley Forge 1906
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NE4 Freedom Triangle Memorial Peace with Victory 1922
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NE5 BushwickRidgewood Memorial Fighting Doughboy 1921
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NE6 Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 1908
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NE7 General Edward Brush Fowler 1902
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East Brooklyn I
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E1 General Ulysses S Grant 1896
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E2 23rd Regiment Memorial 1922
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E3 13th Regiment Coast Defense Memorial 1922
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E4 Robert Fulton 1955
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E5 Highland Park Memorial Dawn of Glory 1924
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E6 Brownsville Memorial Glory on Guard 1925
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E7 Dr Ronald E McNair Memorial 1994
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E8 Alfred Tredway White Memorial 1990
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Northwest Brooklyn
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NW1 Carroll Park Memorial 1921
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NW2 Red Hook Doughboy 1921
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Grand Army Plaza
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GAP1 Dr Alexander J C Skene Memorial 1906
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GAP2 John F Kennedy Memorial 1965
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GAP3 Bailey Fountain 1932
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GAP4A Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch 1892
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Abraham Lincoln Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
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GAP4B Abraham Lincoln 1895
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GAP4D Quadriga 1898
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PPE4 Lafayette Monument 1917
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PPE5 Acanthus Columns 1911
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PPE6 14th Regiment Memorial 1923
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PPE7 Sixtyfirst District Memorial Liberty 1922
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PPE8 Horse Tamers 1899
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Prospect Park
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PP1A1M Mowgli Basreliefs 1935
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PP2 Lioness and Cubs 1899
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P3 Washington Irving 1871
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PP4 Edvard Grieg 1914
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PP5 Carl Maria von Weber 1909
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PP6 Thomas Moore 1879
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PP7 Ludwig van Beethoven 1894
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PP8 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1897
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PP9 Abraham Lincoln 1869
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PP10 Honor Roll 1921
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Removed Lost or Vandalized
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Boy and Duck Fountain 1899 lost 1950
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Samuel Parkes Cadman Memorial 1960 lost 1974
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Alexander Hamilton 1893 removed 1936
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John F Kennedy Memorial 1965 removed for a replacement
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John Howard Payne 1873 removed 2002
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Saratoga Park Memorial 1921 vandalized 2000
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NYC Monuments Conservation Program
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Acknowledgments
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USEFUL REFERENCES
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Index
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