Riverside Park New Deal Sites - Photo #56 - Joan of Arc Statue at 93rd Street


The Joan of Arc statue on Riverside Drive at 93rd Street, by Anna Vaugh Hyatt Huntington, dedicated in 1915. In 1939, the statue was repatined, its broken sword restored, and its staircase repaired[1]. As noted in references[2-5] below, this was done by the Parks Department Monuments Restoration Project which was part of the WPA.


  1. Riverside Park: Joan of Arc Memorial, New York City Parks Department website.
  2. Parks Monuments Conservation Crew Vintage Film, c.1934 to 1937, NYC Parks Department archive. Video segment 31:04-31:36. “With support from the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) this film was taken in the 1930s by Karl Gruppe (1893-1982), chief sculptor of the Monument Restoration Project of the New York City Parks Department, from 1934 to 1937....“
  3. NYC Parks Dept press release of April 11, 1937: “Mr. Gruppe has been in charge of the monument restoration projects of the Park Department since early 1934 and has superintended the rehabilitation of many of the City's monuments since that time, notable among these projects have been ... the Joan of Arc Statue on Riverside Drive...”
  4. Lowrey, Carol, A Legacy of Art: Paintings and Sculptures by Artist Life Members of the National Arts Club, Hudson Hills (2007): “Gruppe was closely involved in the conservation of New York's public sculptures