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The memorial exemplifies a classical grandeur that characterized several civic monuments built in New York City from the 1890s to World War I, as part of an effort dubbed the City Beautiful Movement, which was meant to improve the standard of urban public design and achieve an uplifting union of art and architecture. This monument has twice undergone extensive restoration, once in the late 1930s, through a W.P.A.-sponsored conservation program, and more recently through a $2 million city-funded capital project completed in 1992.
Firemens Memorial, Riverside Park, Reconstruction (23:09-27:15)Sculptor Piccirilli visits site (23:09-23:38)
Fire damage to granite (23:39-24:17)
Cleaning, pointing, roughing stones, etc. (24:18-25:09)
Nose reattachment on figure (25:10-26:35)
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