Interpreting the Evidence
Washington Arch, New York City, c. 1900
Suggested Teaching Instructions
The Washington Arch in Washington Square, New York City. Photograph taken circa 1900.
As part of the 1889 centennial celebration of Washington's inauguration as president of the United States, a temporary wooden memorial arch was constructed on Fifth Avenue just north of Washington Square in New York City. The arch was so well liked that a marble version was built in Washington Square. Construction of the new arch began in 1890 and was completed in the spring of 1895. The marble arch, designed by Stanford White, is seventy-seven feet tall. Sculptures of Washington as general and president were added in 1916 and 1918.
How do symbols unite people?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain how this monument unites the American people.
Research all the different statues and landmarks that represent George Washington and create a map that identifies each location. Remember to create a key.
Math: How many inches tall is the Washington Arch?
Art & Science: Where does marble come from? What properties of marble make it a good material for sculptures and monuments? Compare its advantages and disadvantages to those of the granite used in the front staircase of the New York State Capitol.
English Language Arts: Was George Washington more important to the United States as a general or as president? Write a persuasive speech explaining your opinion.