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Introduction
1)
Title
Spirit of Discovery Hudson Fulton
2)
Town, State
Yonkers, NY
3)
ID #
589
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
March 19, 2000
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
November 21, 2006
6)
Site Worked Last
October 05, 2013
Description
This monument is designed to commemorate the Hudson-Fulton celebration of 1909 – New York State’s combined 300th anniversary celebration of explorer Henry Hudson’s journey up the Hudson River and the 100th birthday of inventor and engineer Robert Fulton’s trip on the same river in his steamboat Clermont. The bronze statue, located in Yonkers, New York, is situated on an overlook, the Hudson River passing below, the New Jersey palisades stretching upward, beyond. Isidore Konti, who lived in Yonkers, sculpted the work, described by one source as “a male figure in a wind-blown short toga” who “looks off into the distance,” perhaps befitting the monument’s title – Spirit of Discovery. Sponsored by the Citizens Auxiliary Committee, Dr. Nathan Warren, chair, and dedicated in 1924, the work seems to have deteriorated. Several sculptural, low-relief plaques – of Hudson, Fulton, and their two ships -- show as missing and the work’s base especially appears to be failing. Funding for this 1920s monument was remaindered from the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration.
Content
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1)
Seafaring
2)
Group of outstanding/notable citizens/persons
3)
Business/Commerce
5)
Caucasian
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Average (life-size)
6)
Main + Three
7)
Inscribed/lettered directly
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2100-227.1, 2100-227.2, 2100-227.3, 2100-227.4, 2100-227.5, 2100-227.6, 2100-227.7, 2100-227.8, 210-227.9
10)
Design Preservation
Failing
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Konti, Isidore
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Not Yet Determined
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
2)
Land (elevation/depression) , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
3 Wanting
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
3 Wanting
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
3.8 Satisfactory (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
Not Entered
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
New Groups Follow Old
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
Dutch and Swedish Exploration and Settlement
Demography
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1)
File Number
30
2)
Town/City
Yonkers
3)
County
Westchester
4)
District
Intentionally Blank
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
10701
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.9712500000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.8888500000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Warburton Ave
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Odell Ave
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Hudson Fulton Champlain Quad 2009
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Hudson Fulton Memorial Park
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Citizens/residents
16.2)
Government, Local
16.3)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
17)
17.1)
First Americans/Colonists 1492-1775
17.2)
Washington to Lincoln|1789-1865
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
March 19, 2000
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Government Materials
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
November 21, 2006
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
Site Survey
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
NAMES: Henry Hudson, Robert Fulton
TITLE, ALTERNATE: Hudson-Fulton Monument
PORTFOLIO: Cited as above as both were seafarers
SPONSOR(S) LEAD: Membership Group/Public Contribution -- Yonkers Citizens Hudson-Fulton Commission; Citizens Auxiliary Committee, Dr. Nathan Warren, chair.
SOURCE: SIRIS; The Sculpture of Isidore Konti 1862-1938, Hudson River Museum.





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