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Introduction
1)
Title
Washington Irving Memorial
2)
Town, State
Irvington, NY
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ID #
784
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
November 21, 2001
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
July 07, 2009
6)
Site Worked Last
August 12, 2010
Description
This memorial in bronze and stone, situated on the southwest corner of Sunnyside Lane and Broadway (Route 9), Irvington, New York, recalls Washington Irving (1783-1859). The popular 19th century New Yorker and antebellum writer of novels, histories and essays impacted writing as a form of livelihood early in the nation’s dawning, and he created for world-wide audiences a new, and seemingly timeless, literary world composed of the likes of Knickerbocker, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Irving was also a U.S. foreign service official. Washington Irving died at his home, Sunnyside, near the memorial which honors him and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where he is buried. • Created by Daniel Chester French the memorial consists of a bronze bust of Irving on a granite pedestal, accompanied by reliefs, mounted to a curved wall, of two of his memorable characters, Rip Van Winkle and Boabdil (Muhammad XII, last Sultan of Granada who in 1492 yielded to Christian Spain). Accompanying plaques extend the monument’s story of Irving, his life and times. Gorham Manufacturing and the Piccirilli Brothers performed the bronze foundry and carving work, respectively. The site was designed by architect Charles Adams Platt; its contractor was Ernest Behrens, Irvington, New York. A restoration was completed by Irvington Landmark Preservation, Inc., in 1977, with town support. The art is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, 2000, as well as the New York State historical registry. • Support and sponsorship for the memorial seems extended and persistent. Originally, a well-known town citizen, Jenny Prince Black, began in 1909 to work to create the memorial. Land was donated by Henry Graves, Jr., and funds were sought and raised, under the leadership of Ms. Black, from a wide variety of supporters, including John D. Rockefeller, Jr. • The work was dedicated June 27, 1927. It was re-dedicated, following the restoration mentioned above, on June 27, 1977. And, again on October 25, 1998.
Content
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1)
Individual|group/family recognition
2)
Person of letters/academia/science
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Author/Writer
5)
Caucasian
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
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Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
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Historic structure
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Average (life-size)
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Main + One
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Inscribed/lettered on tablet
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Text available, all
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9.1)
Image numbering/location
2200-335.1, 2200-335.2, 2200-335.3, 2200-335.4, 2200-335.5, 2200-335.6, 2200-335.7, 2200-335.8, 2200-335.9, 2200-335.10
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Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: French, Daniel Chester
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Platt, Charles Adams
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Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Gorham Manufacturing Company 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Providence  
13.3)
Fabricator State
RI 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
13.5)
Fabricator/Builder 2
Piccirilli Brothers Marble Carving Studios
13.6)
Fabricator/Builder 3
Ernest Behrens
Setting
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1)
Plaza arrangement
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
6 Very Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
4 Satisfactory
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
6 Very Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.0 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
November 28, 1909
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June 27, 1927
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June 27, 1977
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October 25, 1998
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
Roads and their Towns
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
American Authors
Demography
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1)
File Number
29
2)
Town/City
Irvington
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County
Westchester
4)
District
Intentionally Blank
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State
NY
6)
Zip
10533
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Country
United States
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Latitude (GPS)
41.0481390000
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Longitude (GPS)
-73.8613980000
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Intersecting Street 1
Broadway
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Sunnyside Ln
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Route 9
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Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Citizens/residents
16.2)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
17)
Washington to Lincoln|1789-1865
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Compilation Date (Initial)
November 21, 2001
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
July 07, 2009
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
21.1)
Site Survey
21.2)
Government Materials
21.3)
Newspaper
21.4)
Website
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
TITLE ALTERNATE: Washington Irving Monument
SITE DEVELOPMENT (1): Design – SIRIS notes that “The pedestal inscription was written by Mayor George Haven Putnam.”
SITE DEVELOPMENT (2): Design -- A historical plaque at the memorial (see above, DESIGN section, image number 2200-335.6) offers the name of the site’s architect; however, it seems to have inverted his middle and last names.
CO-OWNER/ADMINISTRATOR: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Chesterwood, 4 Williamsville Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
SPONSOR: Membership Group/Public Contribution -- Washington Irving Memorial Association
SOURCES: Marchant, Robert, “Monument to Washington Irving put on National Register of Historic Places,” The Journal News, December 27, 2000; SIRIS; Wikipedia.
COMMENT: For an additional monument to Washington Irving, see ID# 1879.



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