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Introduction
1)
Title
Balto
2)
Town, State
New York, NY
3)
ID #
1321
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
October 25, 2004
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
October 25, 2004
6)
Site Worked Last
March 03, 2009
Description
Recalling that in winter, 1925, a Siberian Husky helped lead more than 150 sled dogs and their 20 mushers “674 miles over Alaska’s frozen tundra to save the 1,429 residents of Nome, Alaska, from a raging diphtheria epidemic” (Dupre, p. 97), this monument pays tribute to that Husky, named Balto, and his supporting cast and hands. Situated in New York City’s Central Park, the remembrance suggests that the story of Balto and the Nome residents in desperate need, racing against time and nature, must have touched a public nerve in Gotham -- over 4,000 miles from Alaska, at the time still a U.S. territory. Dedicated December 15, 1925, it stands on a rock outcrop, near Willowdell Arch at 67th Street and East Drive, in the City’s signature urban landscape. The artwork is positioned along a main Park path, astride a granite base and atop an inscribed slate tablet containing as well a bas-relief image of dogs and man, the picture of “endurance, fidelity, intelligence” as they engage the Alaskan elements. Created by Brooklyn-born artist F.G.R. Roth, educated in Germany and leading animal sculptor with NYC’s Department of Parks, the bronze statue of Balto was fabricated by Roman Bronze Works, New York. Sponsors of the project included both the Municipal Arts Society, which among other things coordinated much of the private donations for the memorial, as well as the Balto Monument Committee -- Parks Commissioner Francis D. Gallatin, chair; Ms. E. Mable Clark; and, others -- which presented the monument to the City of New York.
Content
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1)
Community service
2)
Animal(s)
3)
Not Applicable
4)
Not applicable
5)
Not applicable
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Animal w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Average (life-size)
7)
Inscribed/lettered on tablet
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
6700-707.4, 6700-707.5, 6700-707.6
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Roth, Frederick George Richard
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Roman Bronze Works 
13.2)
Fabricator City
New York 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NY 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Walkway|Street
2)
Land (elevation/depression) , Open Space
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
4 Satisfactory
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
5 Good
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.6 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
1925
5)
December 15, 1925
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government , Community Group/Not For Profit
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
Bas Relief Works
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
Westward Expansion and Extension of National Boundaries to the Pacific
Demography
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1)
File Number
50D
2)
Town/City
New York
3)
County
New York
4)
District
Manhattan
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
10021
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.7697880000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.9713550000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
E 67th St
11)
Intersecting Street 2
East Drive
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Central Park
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Willowdell Arch
14)
Links/Websites
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Citizens/residents
16.2)
Community Group
16.3)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
17)
1914-1945
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
October 25, 2004
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Book/Pamphlet/Text
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT: Dedication date – the source for the December 15, 1925 date is The New York Times, published December 16, 1925.
SITE MAINTENANCE: Community Group/Not for Profit -- Central Park Conservancy
SPONSOR(S): Community group -- Municipal Art Society
SPONSOR(S): Membership Group/Public Contribution -- Balto Memorial Committee
SOURCES: Craven, Sculpture in America; Dupre´, Monuments; Fried and Gillon, New York Civic Sculpture; Gayle and Cohen, Guide to Manhattan's Outdoor Sculpture; Lederer, All Around the Town; Reynolds, Monuments and Masterpieces; SIRIS; Taft, History of American Sculpture




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