Original Temporary Arch, 1889

Temporary Arch at Washington Square, 1889

The original Washington Square Arch, constructed out of plaster and wood, was built in 1889 from Stanford White’s designs to commemorate George Washington’s inauguration as President in 1789. The community enjoyed the arch so much that a resident of Washington Square North was able to collect almost $3,000 to construct a permanent arch. This arch was also built from White’s design and completed April 5, 1892.

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