Carl Schurz Memorial in Morningside Park

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.

This is a lot of stairs.

Others go much faster than I do.

Others go much faster than I do.

A side path that leads away from the "tower."

A side path that leads away from the “tower.”

A very prestigious staircase at the top of the first section.

A very prestigious staircase at the top of the first section.

More to climb still. Also a pink tree.

More to climb still. Also a pink tree.

Up the short staircase.

Up the short staircase.

The statue stands on the edge.

The statue stands on the edge.

The top of the memorial.

The top of the memorial.

Some nice benches to sit on, but no shade.

Some nice benches to sit on, but no shade.

Looking down on that side path we passed on the way up.

Looking down on that side path we passed on the way up.

Looking out over the city.

Looking out over the city.

Some relief carving that was typical of early 1900's NYC art and architecture.

Some relief carving that was typical of early 1900’s NYC art and architecture.

The statue centerpiece.

The statue centerpiece.

Looking up at it.

Looking up at it.

A bit closer.

A bit closer.

The letters used to be copper, but were changed during restoration in the 1930s.

The letters used to be copper, but were changed during restoration in the 1930s.

Looking back down the stairs into the park.

Looking back down the stairs into the park.

Back down we go.

Back down we go.

A parting look back up the stairs.

A parting look back up the stairs.

Leaving the staircase behind.

Leaving the staircase behind.

Next week: A look at a school piece of art in Morningside Park.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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