As we saw last week, I passed by a staircase in the middle of Morningside Park and didn’t head up it in the entry. Here is a look at what I found at the top of that staircase, which started with what looked like a castle. It was actually the 116th St entrance to the park. At the entrance is a seating area and a statue of Carl Schurz. It was designed by Karl Bitter and built by Henry Bacon in 1913.
This is a lot of stairs.
Others go much faster than I do.
A side path that leads away from the “tower.”
A very prestigious staircase at the top of the first section.
More to climb still. Also a pink tree.
Up the short staircase.
The statue stands on the edge.
The top of the memorial.
Some nice benches to sit on, but no shade.
Looking down on that side path we passed on the way up.
Looking out over the city.
Some relief carving that was typical of early 1900’s NYC art and architecture.
The statue centerpiece.
Looking up at it.
A bit closer.
The letters used to be copper, but were changed during restoration in the 1930s.
Looking back down the stairs into the park.
Back down we go.
A parting look back up the stairs.
Leaving the staircase behind.
Next week: A look at a school piece of art in Morningside Park.