Learning At Landmarks

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ONE BOWLING GREEN

Designed by architect Cass Gilbert as the U.S. Customs House, built in 1904. Four Continents by sculptor Daniel Chester French guard the front facade. Asia, Africa, Europe and  America (includes North America, Central America, South America and Caribbean) as One America. Gilbert designed also the nearby Woolworth Building and Thurgood Marshall Federal Court House.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Chris Moore and son at One Bowling Green. Photograph by Phillip Cheng. South Street Seaport Magazine, 1995.

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Daniel Chester French’s Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, visited by Moore family. 

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“AMERICA"

Daniel Chester French’s sculpture “America” greets visitors to the Smithsonian Museum Of The American Indian, formerly the US Customs House. Seated on a throne, “America” is surrounded by many American elements, including laborers, corn, an eagle and, beneath her right foot, Quetzalcoatl, the sacred feathered serpent of Central and South America.

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One Bowling Green

One Bowling Green begins an extraordinary trail of New York City Landmarks. 

Architecturally, culturally and geologically, much NYC, NY State and American history begins here! 

More to come...

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© Christopher P Moore 2015