DID YOU KNOW: The monument dedicated to Joan of Arc in Riverside Park (at West 91st Street) was the first public sculpture in New York City dedicated to a non-fictional woman.

DID YOU KNOW: The position of repose in which the woman rests at the Ida Straus memorial, in Straus Park, is almost physically impossible to mimic.  At the very least, it sure isn’t comfortable!

Michele Bogart welcomes the group at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument.

Yesterday evening, friends of LANDMARK WEST! gathered in Riverside Park to tour a selection of monuments and memorials.  Led by Jean Parker Phifer and Michele Bogart, the group of curious urban explorers discovered the lesser-known details of five works of public art:
Soldiers & Sailors Monument.

Soldiers & Sailors Monument
, Riverside Park at West 89th Street
Sculptor: Paul E. Duboy
Architect: Charles & Arthur Stoughton

The tour explores the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Michele Bogart discusses the Joan of Arc Memorial.

Joan of Arc Memorial*, Riverside Park at West 91st Street
Sculptor: Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington
Architect: John V. Van Pelt

From the Joan of Arc Memorial.

Jean Parker Phifer discusses the Joan of Arc sculpture.
The tour takes in the Firemen’s Memorial
on approach westward from within Riverside Park

Firemens’ Memorial
, Riverside Park at West 100th Street
Architect: Harold Van Buren Magonigle
Firemens’ Memorial.

Bas relief at the Firemens’ Memorial.

Sculptural grotesque from the Firemens’ Memorial.
General Franz Sigel, Riverside Drive at West 106th Street
Sculptor: Karl Bitter
Architect: William Welles Bosworth

Straus Park, between Broadway and West End Avenue at West 106th Street

*For additional information on the Joan of Arc Memorial, check out this DNA Info article featuring West Sider Valerie Thaler.

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