John Purroy Mitchel

Visitors who enter Engineers’ 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 between 1914 and 1917. John Purroy Mitchel 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.