CITY RECEIVES $200K GRANT FOR RESTORATION OF SOLDIERS & SAILORS MONUMENT
(11/20/2007) NEW HAVEN- Last week, the City of New Haven received confirmation that it has been awarded $200,000 from the Historic Restoration Fund Grant Program of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Funding for this program is provided by the State of Connecticut under the Community Investment Act. The grant will support the final step of the restoration of Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument located in East Rock Park, a designated State Historic Landmark since 1997. This monument is considered a symbol of honor and respect to the soldiers from New Haven, of several wars.
Through several phases of restoration, the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees has already re-pointed the bulk of the interior and exterior masonry of the monument and restored the Angel of Peace that sits atop the memorial. The grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism will also allow the City to restore the four bas-relief panels depicting important moments in American history that are incorporated into the monument.
The grant funds will be used to install a spiral staircase that will allow the public to ascend the interior of the monument. “This will be the first time in two generations that visitors can stand in this landmark to capture breathtaking views of the City,” said Robert Levine, Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. “This is an important monument that, together with the Angel of Peace, means so much to our community. We look forward to opening the gate to the monument to have a new generation reach the top and enjoy this spectacular experience.”
Further, these funds will be used to restore plaques and sculptures, clean marble plaques inside the monument, install a new entry door and gate, install a new window and panel at the north elevation of the monument, restore all of the Monument’s pedestal steps and provide ventilation and lighting on the interior. Throughout this process, the Department will also work to relocate the metal fence around the monument to its proper historical position.
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