7th Regiment Memorial

Project Progress

  • Design
  • Construction
  • Complete August 2017

Our conservation of the 7th Regiment Memorial included applying a greenish patina and a new coating to the sculpture, protecting it from corrosion and other types of deterioration.

The 7th Regiment Memorial honors the 58 men of the 7th Regiment who died defending the Union during the Civil War. It was sculpted by John Quincy Adams Ward, who also created other statues in the Park: Indian Hunter, William Shakespeare, and the Pilgrim.

The Conservancy removed the existing coating and applied a new coating to protect the bronze from corrosion and other types of deterioration caused by exposure to the elements. This work was completed with the help of our summer conservation technicians.

Since 2012, we have been working to recoat all bronze monuments in the Park. Most of the Park’s bronze sculptures were last coated in the 1980s and 1990s with lacquer-based coating. Now, having reached their lifespan, the coatings are being replaced.

This project is made possible by philanthropic support. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Abigail Healy at ahealy@centralparknyc.org or 212.310.6624.

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