Statue of Liberty

Deed of Gift of Statue of Liberty
Deed of Gift of Statue of Liberty. Click for the full sized image.

On  July 4, 1884  Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s statue, “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”  was presented to the people of the United States from the “people of the Republic of France . . . attesting to their abiding friendship.”

Two years later on October 28, 1886 the statue was finally placed on its pedestal on  Bedloe’s Island in New York harbor. President Grover Cleveland attended the opening ceremony and accepted the statue on behalf of the American people.

 

Madison Square
Madison Square

Before the money was raised to erect the statue, she occupied different spots in New York and French,

Madison Square and Madison Square Garden are, as is clear from this map, two different destinations. Madison Square was commercial, and home to many of the city’s most exclusive stores.   From Wikipedia:

The thing you’d most likely notice in Madison Square Park — were you to walk through in 1880 or so, is the sculpture of a huge arm holding a torch.

statue-of-liberty-torch-only

For fifty cents you could climb the internal staircase of the severed arm of the Statue of Liberty to stand on the torch and look over the park. Fifty cents was a great deal of money; at this time weekly rent on a room in a reputable boarding house (where most working class people lived) was about four dollars.

From Madison Square itself you could just make out the upraised arm and torch in the park. Photo ca. 1879

. This was part of an effort to raise enough money to build a base for the Statue in New York harbor.

 

 

 

 

Compare these photos looking south from about 25th  Streetand Broadway to see how the intersection of 23rd and Broadway changed between 1883 and 1902, the year the Flatiron Building opened.

 

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