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In Honor of Memorial Day: A Look at the Admiral Farragut Monument


Cleaning Admiral Farragut. Photo: Wilson Conversation

On the morning of April 21, following a heavy spring shower, Wilson Conservation was in Madison Square Park cleaning the magnificent Farragut Monument. Thirteen years earlier, in 2002, the MAS restored the Farragut Monument, one of America’s most acclaimed works of art, through a generous grant to the Adopt-A-Monument program from the Paul and Klara Porzelt Foundation. The 1880 sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the preeminent American sculptor of the 19th century, depicts the revered naval hero, Admiral Glasgow Farragut, whose lasting fame was won by wresting New Orleans from Confederate control during the Civil War. Saint-Gaudens shows the admiral in full regalia but by 2002 the sculpture had lost its original luster as well as its sword after years of neglect. Esteemed architect Stanford White designed the exquisite semi-circular granite exedra on which the monument stands. The base, bedecked with Art Nouveau- inspired allegorical reliefs, had also been marred over time. Both were returned to their former glory with this restoration.

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A Message from MAS President Vin Cipolla

MAS President Vin Cipolla

MAS President Vin Cipolla

Dear MAS Members,

The first half of 2015 is off to an incredible start. MAS has been driving the advocacy for an even better, more diverse, more affordable, livable, culturally rich and resilient New York, through a bold sweep of initiatives—our most ambitious policy efforts ever. At MAS, we are driven by pursuing excellence in the choices we as New Yorkers make in shaping our city for generations to come. We have a lot to gain in demanding the best for our city’s extraordinarily distinctive and dynamic environment (and a lot to lose if we’re not smart.)

Our annual MAS Watch List released in January highlights many of the important planning issues facing the city from vanishing local retail, to the impact of as-of-right super tall towers, to the urgent need for a new Penn Station and the redevelopment of Midtown West, to our demands for responsible planning at our water’s edge. MAS’s work targets the most important developments in design and planning across our five boroughs—issues that affect all of us.

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Frick Collection’s Page Garden Must Be Has Been Saved

Update June 4, 2015:

Original Post, May 7, 2015:

MAS has declared its intention to publicly oppose any expansion plan that places the Page garden in danger. Read our letter delivered Thursday, May 7, 2015, to Ian Wardropper, Director, the Frick Collection:

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