The grand Washington Arch in Greenwich Village's Washington Square Park was built in 1892, replacing a wooden arch erected in 1889 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inaguration as President of the United States. President Washington is also represented sculptures on the North side of the Arch: Washington as Commander-in-Chief, Accompanied by Fame and Valor (1916) by Hermon MacNeil, and Washington as President, Accompanied by Wisdom and Justice (1918) by Alexander Stirling Calder, known respectively as "Washington at War" and "Washington at Peace."
Later, the area under and near the Arch became the site of social justice movements and political unrest. As the neighborhood became more bohemian, artists and musicians would perform and hang out around the Arch.
Fun Fact: Cars used to drive right under the Arch!
On December 9th, come by the Arch to celebrate the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday sing-a-long! For more information, click here.
To learn more about the history of the Arch and its architectural details, click here.