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Memorial to General James A. Garfield, Fairmount Park

Memorial to General James A. Garfield, Fairmount Park
This memorial was built to Garfield's military career.
Sculpture by August St. Gaudens, Architecture by Stanford White,
contains Milford pink granite.

PEDESTAL.
The main pedestal is four feet wide, three feet deep, and seventeen feet high, resting upon a base nine feet square, the
secondary base projecting to carry the emblematic figure. The main pedestal is flanked by four square Ionic pilasters.
The material is pink Milford granite, and the style of the pedestal is pure Greek.

The commission for the Garfield monument was given to Mr. St. Gaudens some years since by the Board of Trustees of the Fairmount Park Art Association, and after mature consideration the design adopted was that of a portrait bust in bronze with an allegorical figure supported by marble columns on a granite base. In conference with his architect, Mr. Stanford White, a site on the East River drive below Girard Avenue bridge, near1y opposite to the Rond Point fountains, was selected. This was granted by the Commissioners of Fairmount Park, and has been embellished with landscape gardening by the Commissioners, which has added greatly to the value of the location.

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