The Grand Army Plaza and Arch is one of Brooklyn’s most iconic monuments, will get a makeover of nearly $8.9-million, its first renovation in 40 years. The project includes revamping the popular Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Memorial Arch at the edge of Brooklyn’s backyard.
The Grand Army Plaza warmly welcomes New Yorkers and tourists worldwide to the amazing Prospect Park. And as more Brooklynites and New Yorkers flock to this world-class public park, it’s more critical than ever to preserve and improve upon this infrastructure.
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The restoration of the arch and surrounding landscape is slated to begin in late 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2023, ensuring the plaza is magnificent for generations to come.
The $8.9 million restoration includes replacing the roof of the nearly 130-year-old Civil War Memorial Arch and the cleaning and revamping of the brick and stone structure.
The arch will be outfitted with exterior lighting fixtures, and the historic iron staircases leading up to the roof will be renovated.
This new lighting fixture will highlight the arch and its statuary, using energy-efficient technology.
The project also entails the restoration of the surrounding plaza and landscape berms that frame the plaza on its east, west, and north sides.
Invasive vines, shrubs, and trees in poor condition will be removed, and native trees and shrubs will be planted.
Bluestone and granite pavers will also be replaced and restored around Bailey Foundation and the JFK Memorial. A low, decorative steel fence will be installed by removing the chain link fence.
Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted designed the Grand Army Plaza as a way to honor those who fought the Civil War and as the formal entrance of Prospect Park.
It was built in 1867 and was lightly renovated in early 1900 when the subway was constructed underneath it. It underwent a significant change again in 1930 when the surrounding paving was changed, Bailey Fountain was added, and a chain-link fence was erected.
The arch, designed by John H. Duncan, features Columbia’s chariot and two winged Victories who trumpet her arrival. Also, small sculptures of sailors and soldiers are mounted on pedestals around her.
The Plaza has remained a popular meeting place for the borough throughout the centuries, whether it be for protests or celebrations. So, whether you wish to take delight in witnessing the Brooklyn Botanical Garden or simply want to roam through the local flea markets, MeemLimo is at your service.
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