At its center stands the bust of Hunt, one of the most prominent American architects of the late 19th century. Two graceful bronze figures at either end are meant as allegories for Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture.
Richard Morris Hunt was the first American to study at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His artistic vision profoundly shaped the face of Gilded Age New York City. Notable examples of Hunt’s work include the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the New York Tribune Building, the Lenox Library, and the Fifth Avenue columned facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just 12 blocks to the north.
This monument, unveiled in 1898, was created by Daniel Chester French, who would later go on to design the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Inscriptions on the structure name the organizations that Hunt either founded or contributed to significantly.