Willowdell Arch

willowdell arch


This sandstone-and-brick arch stands at the East Drive between the Mall and Fifth Avenue and leads visitors to the bronze statue of Balto, the celebrated Alaskan sled dog. Willowdell features rusticated voussoirs, or wedge-shaped stones, and bench seating in the arcade walls of the underpass. A center niche once contained a fountain, meant to give mothers a place to sit and rest with their children. In 1862, Central Park's designers , key staff and a commissioner were photographed standing atop the arch, against its cast-iron railing: Frederick Law Olmsted, Jacob Wrey Mould, Andrew H. Green, George E. Waring, Jr. and Ignaz A. Pilat.


East Side at 67th Street.

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