John Purroy Mitchel

James Purroy Mitchel

Visitors who enter Engineer’s Gate at Fifth Avenue and 90th Street will spot a striking memorial to John Purroy Mitchel. Mitchel was a reformer and politician who fought Tammany Hall corruption during his term as mayor of New York City from 1914-1917. He presided over the opening of the first water tunnel in 1917, which is why his memorial is found by the Reservoir.

Dedicated in 1928, the memorial's elaborately carved granite steel was designed by architects Thomas Hastings and Don Barber. German-born sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman created the bust.



East Side at 90th Street & 5th Avenue

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