The iconic Washington Square Arch is truly a thing of beauty. It was constructed with white Tuckahoe marble in 1892 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration as President of the United States in 1789. Its architect, Stanford White, modeled it on Paris’s Arc de Triomphe. It towers over 77 feet high and its piers stand 30 feet apart; the arch opening is 47 feet high. (No wonder you can see it from blocks away on Fifth Avenue.) And if you look up close, you can see the sculptures of George Washington as both Commander-in-Chief and President adorning the piers.
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Isn’t it beautiful? We love our arch!
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