Manhattan Snaps, Week of May 16, 2019

This photo is of the original wooden Washington Square Arch. It appeared on the front page of The Villager on May 4, 1939. The caption read: “The opening of the New York World’s Fair, which commemorates the name and inauguration of Washington, makes timely the reproduction of a rare print of the temporary arch of wood, designed by Stanford White, and erected in 1889 in observance of the centenary of the first inauguration. It stood, as can be seen, a few feet north of Waverly Place (Washington Square, North). Through popular sentiment and public subscription, it was replaced three years later by the present arch. Photo by J.J. Corell from the P.L. Sperr collection.”

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