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Victory Arch















The World War I (1914-1918) is over. Greeting and glorify for the victorious soldiers and sailors who return to home after the battles for the freedom of America and the World with this Arch of Triumph!!!. Arch of Triumph on Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23rd Street. May 1919.


About the Archs of Trumphe.

The archs of triumph that were placed in several points of the city, in late 19th Century and early 20th century, were used to commemorate some event, to honor to a national hero, or to greeting the victorious soldiers and sailors who arrived at house, like for example, the one that I illustrate that I am placed in the Fifth Avenue, at the end of World War I.

Another case in that the city placed an arch of the triumph in the Fifth Avenue, Broadway and 23 Street were in 1898, when the five districts of the city, until then independent to each other (until that year, New York was only Manhattan Island and the rising district of the Bronx) were united to form the Great New York, with the territorial extension that still preserve until today. This temporary arch (in wood and plaster) was installed in the intersection of the two great avenues and was flanked by individual columns crowned by winged victories maintaining crowns of laurel in its right hand, celebrating the magnanimous event.

Washington Square

But also there were cases in that the temporary archs became permanent, demolishing the original arch and replacing themselves by a stone replica. The most famous example of this, there is the arch of triumph, dedicated to George Washington, originally was made in wood, placed in the Washington Square, in Greenwich Village, in 1889, to commemorate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as president of the United States.

Washington Square

When the celebrations finished the false arch was demolished and the City order to architect Stanford White, of McKim, Mead & White, for the construction of the new arch in white marble, and to a group of sculptors, one of they, Alexander Stirling Calder, father of the famous sculptor Alexander Calder, to realise the sculptures that adorn the monument. The new marble arch was dedicated in 1895.