Address Washington Square Arch Washington Square N, New York, NY 10012, USA

Located in Washington Square Park, the Washington Square Arch was erected in memory of President George Washington.

Construction of the Washington Square Arch began in 1982 and was completed seven years later.

The building was erected to commemorate the centennial of the beginning of the presidency of George Washington, first president of the United States (1789-1797).

The Washington Square Arch was designed by American architect Stanford White. Initially, this monument was intended to be temporary. Designed in plaster and wood, it was financed by William Rhinelander Stewart. But the building was so popular with the inhabitants that a permanent arch was built in its place.

Made of white marble, the Washington Square Arch is an imitation of the triumphal arches of Roman antiquity. The sculptures represent illustrations of war and peace. Its frieze is strewn with 13 large stars and 42 smaller ones, interspersed with capital Ws. In 1918, two statues of the first president were added on the north side.

During archaeological excavations, a tombstone and his coffin were discovered three meters deep. They were dated 1803.

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