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August 11th, 2003, 01:24 PM
August 10, 2003
A British Garden for the Financial District

Hanover Square, a brick-paved triangular park in the financial district, is to be transformed into an oasis of greenery under plans formulated to honor the bonds of amity between the city and Britain. To be known as the British Memorial Garden, the project would also memorialize the 67 Britons lost in the World Trade Center attack and the British subjects who died alongside Americans in various wars.

"After the events of 9/ll, many of us in the British community here, alone without our families, decided that we had gotten through this because of New York itself," said Camilla G. Hellman, president of the British Memorial Garden. "I went to the board of St. George's Society and said I would like to explore the idea of giving the city a garden, a truly British garden." The society, a philanthropic organization founded here in 1770, will serve on the trust established to oversee planning and preservation of the garden.

Ms. Hellman also went to the Department of Parks and Recreation, which owns the site, where William T. Castro, the department's commissioner for Manhattan, suggested she scout possible locales. "When we walked into Hanover Square, it felt so right," she said. Her organization is now raising $3.5 million to build and endow the garden.

Once the location was secured, juried competitions were organized to select both the landscape designer and the sculptor of a piece to be installed there. Twenty landscape architects were asked to submit plans, with Julian and Isabel Bannerman, who have designed gardens for the Prince of Wales and Andrew Lloyd Webber, emerging the winner. "Normally, we don't enter competitions, but we thought this was rather special so we broke our golden rule,' Mr. Bannerman said from London.

"We tried to pick timeless elements," he said, explaining the choice of yew trees. "They are always in English churchyards and are perhaps the oldest trees in Britain, living up to 1,000 years." The yews will be trimmed into abstract topiary shapes.

Flowers are to be planted from seeds taken from 16th-century garden of Henry VIII and the 17th-century garden of William III at Hampton Court Palace. Some of those seeds have already gone to the Bronx. "They're not good for more than a year, so we have sown some of them in the nursery at Van Cortlandt Park, where they will be propagated," said Adrian Benepe, the parks commissioner.

The seating, curved stone benches, is to be placed over and in front of plantings of box bushes. A ribbon of stones is to be threaded through the garden into which the names of all the counties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to be carved. There is to be a rose in the iron fence for each of the 67 Britons who died in the World Trade Center.

The winning design for the sculpture is to be announced on Oct. 1. The sculpture now in the square, a statue of Abraham De Peyster, mayor of the city from 1692 to 1694, is to be moved to a destination that has not yet been determined and that requires approval of the city's Art Commission, Mr. Benepe said.

Garden construction, contingent on Arts Commission review, is to begin next spring; planners hope for completion by summer.

August 11th, 2003, 01:46 PM

August 11th, 2003, 02:18 PM
This is truly lovely, both in spirit and execution.

August 11th, 2003, 02:24 PM
What am improvement. *Excellent. This will be another one of those treasured little NYC gems. *Gotta love the Brits and their love for NYC, too.

Can't wait to relax here when it's done.

August 11th, 2003, 02:53 PM
Excellent! :)

August 11th, 2003, 03:15 PM

A ticker-tape parade of landscaping!

(Edited by Jasonik at 8:35 pm on Aug. 11, 2003)

August 11th, 2003, 04:57 PM
Is this the one by 10 Liberty?

August 11th, 2003, 05:18 PM
No, its more toward the lower eastern side of downtown closer to Water St.

August 11th, 2003, 08:31 PM
wow, the plan looks very nice.

what does the square currently look like?

(Edited by AJphx at 8:33 pm on Aug. 11, 2003)

August 11th, 2003, 08:46 PM
There are photos on the website.

August 12th, 2003, 11:13 AM
I ran through it yesterday, it is really pretty small - smaller than that rendering makes it look. It's not like it's in great need of a makeover either, though it's nothing special. The park has lots of small green trees, a nice statue, and benches, but it will certainly be better as the British Memorial Garden.

August 16th, 2003, 05:39 AM
Although I am Canadian-born most of my father's family live in the NorthEast US and my mother is British ( a WWII war-bride) and I find this idea of a memorial park in NYC touching and inspiring. *It IS important to establish places where future generations can "find" their histories. *The plan on paper looks very nice, indeed and reminds me a little of Prince Charle's garden @ Highgrove.

August 22nd, 2003, 04:46 AM
August 22, 2003

On a Pedestal, but Homeless


A statue of Abraham de Peyster with boots in Lower Manhattan.

Pity Abraham de Peyster, mayor of New York City from 1692 to 1694, acting governor of the colony of New York in 1701, wealthy merchant and philanthropist. He — or rather his bronze likeness — cannot seem to find a permanent home.

His sculpture has had two homes in the city and will soon be looking for a third, since the park where he sits is scheduled for a de Peysterless renovation.

Meanwhile, his bronze twin has already had two homes at a Pennsylvania college and may be moved again.

His fate hardly befits a benevolent, if now totally obscure, city father. In a 1902 book, "Famous Families of New York," Margherita Arlina Hamm described Abraham de Peyster as "public-spirited and patriotic." He donated land to the city for an early City Hall and often paid the debts of schools that had run out of funds.

"To him belongs the credit of having induced the city to assume the support of the poor," Mrs. Hamm wrote. "Whenever the government got into financial trouble, he advanced it the money necessary to conduct its business."

Good deeds notwithstanding, the city plans to oust Abraham de Peyster from Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan to make way for a memorial garden to honor British subjects who died in the destruction of the World Trade Center and in wars in which they fought alongside Americans. And, at the moment, the city is not quite sure where it will put him, said Adrian Benepe, the parks commissioner.

Abraham de Peyster's descendants are hoping that he will remain somewhere in Lower Manhattan, because, said one, James de Peyster Jr., "that was all there was in his day."

"We would like to have him where we could visit him," he said. "We missed him during the years from 1972 to 1976 when he was in storage on Randalls Island."

But John Watts de Peyster, a great-great-great-grandson of the mayor, might not have been so sanguine about this move. He was the one who commissioned the sculpture in 1894 from George Edwin Bissell and gave it to the city, which at first wanted to place it in Battery Park. This idea was not universally embraced.

"The selection of the site was irregular and the work of excavation was begun in advance of due authorization," said an editorial in The New York Times published on June 15, 1895. "Better fill up the hole and find another place for de Peyster."

That other place turned out to be Bowling Green, where he remained until 1972, when he was ejected for park and subway renovations. Four years later, he was moved to a new home in Hanover Square, where he has sat high on his pedestal ever since.

Meanwhile, there is another Mayor de Peyster at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., more a fraternal twin than an identical one. Yes, the statues were designed by the same sculptor and share the same seated pose, the same pensive facial expressions. But the two statues were cast in different foundries. The New York de Peyster is wearing knee-high boots. The campus de Peyster shows off his stockinged legs.

According to a report in The Times on Aug. 5, 1897, John Watts de Peyster had political differences with city officials and offered to give the sculpture to Franklin & Marshall. Several years later, he apparently had a change of heart and commissioned another Bissell sculpture.

But Abraham H. Rothermel, a member of the Franklin & Marshall class of 1887 and a lifelong friend of John Watts de Peyster's, put the blame not on political officials but on the news media. In a 1949 letter to the president of the college, he wrote, "Several of the yellow sheet newspapers in New York that had no respect for the old aristocracy made disparaging remarks about the pioneer fathers and were far from complimentary.

"This was more than he could stand," he wrote of John Watts de Peyster. "He was ever a man of action. He offered the statue to Franklin & Marshall College."

How Abraham de Peyster came to a place of honor at a college that was not established until 59 years after his death in 1728, and one that has never had a de Peyster as a student, remains an enigma.

According to Sally F. Griffith, a college historian, "John Watts de Peyster was a rather eccentric, wealthy old New Yorker who liked to give money to obscure places in memory of his family and to write about historical subjects."

One of the school's literary organizations, the Diagnothian Society, made him an honorary member. As a result, he began corresponding with the secretary of the society, Mr. Rothermel. "He was editor of a monthly literary magazine called The College Student, and he published de Peyster's historical essays," Dr. Griffith said.

John Watts de Peyster gave the college several valuable collections of books. So — no surprise — Franklin & Marshall began to court him as a prospective benefactor, Dr. Griffith said, awarding him three honorary degrees.

"In 1896, Rothermel, who was by then a lawyer, was tapped to suggest the college's need for a library to his friend," she said.

John Watts de Peyster agreed to fund it, but, mysteriously, only if William McKinley won the presidential election that year. He did, and Mr. de Peyster donated $25,000, commissioned an architect to design the library and stipulated that it be named the Watts de Peyster Library in honor of his father and grandfather.

"So when the statue was offered," Dr. Griffith said, "the school felt obligated to put it in front of the library." But, like its counterpart in New York, it was destined to be uprooted.

By the 1930's, the college had outgrown the library and its Romanesque architecture was deemed incongruous with the Georgian style dominating the campus, so it was torn down. Its replacement was named for a new benefactor, Benjamin Franklin Fackenthal Jr.

"The statue was superfluous, so it was moved away from the center of campus to an area adjoining a public park," Dr. Griffith said. "It had little symbolic value and students would vandalize it by painting it."

She continued: "In the mid-1940's when Rothermel was a trustee, he became incensed at the lack of respect and wanted to return the statue to a central location. But the college didn't go along because it didn't fit with the architecture."

So is the campus de Peyster the original de Peyster?

There is nothing in New York City records that reflects either a loss of the work or the fact that it was remade. "The history and provenance of artwork is always the subject of debate," said Mr. Benepe, the parks commissioner, who added that the city's early records of the work say nothing about a copy. But Mr. Benepe said it was "a mystery worth investigating and resolving."

In addition, he said, if it is a copy, that would not diminish its worth. "The value of a city sculpture is impossible to set because we would never sell it," Mr. Benepe said. "Besides, it is nice to know there is a New Yorker prominently displayed in Pennsylvania."

Deborah Bershad, executive director of the City Art Commission, which will have final approval over the ultimate site chosen by the Parks Department for the sculpture, agreed. "Based on our information, it seems like what we have is the original," she said.

Reached by phone last week, four descendants of Abraham de Peyster — James A. de Peyster Sr., James A. de Peyster Jr., Ashton de Peyster and James de Peyster Todd — said they did not know about the Pennsylvania bronze and the connection to Franklin & Marshall.

"We were not aware that there was a second sculpture or about the brouhaha that caused it to happen," Mr. de Peyster Todd said. "We did know that Abraham was very public-spirited, as was our family for generations."

In fact, Abraham de Peyster may soon emerge from obscurity, at least at Franklin & Marshall.

"We have just finished a campus master plan," said John Fry, the college's president. "Looking at the siting of buildings and public art, we discovered this wonderful sculpture sitting on Buchanan Avenue at the edge of the campus. We did a little work and discovered he was a famous part of campus history, so we have decided to return him to a prominent place on campus. It is an overdue gesture."

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August 28th, 2003, 12:34 PM
Swig Burris Adds Another Downtown Property to its Portfolio
By Barbara Jarvie - GlobeSt.com
Last updated: Aug 28, 2003 *09:24AM
NEW YORK CITY- Adding another Lower Manhattan property to its roster, Swig Burris Equities has purchased the 25-story 318,600-sf 5 Hanover Square. A purchase price was not disclosed; current rents in the property are in the low $30s per sf for the upper floors and in the mid to upper $20s for the lower levels.
“The acquisition and renovation of 5 Hanover Square is another example of the confidence we have in Lower Manhattan as the area rebuilds and plans are formulated for the World Trade Center site,” explains Kent M. Swig, principal of Swig Burris Equities.
Acquisition financing for the purchase was provided by Santa Monica, CA-based Fremont Investment and Loan, which was arranged by Cooper Horowitz. A mezzanine loan was provided by Longview and was arranged by Jonathan Estreich, who also serves as a principal of Longview. Swig Burris was represented by Rob Sorin, Joelle Halprin, Randall Rothschild and Bill Stempel of Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson, while the seller was represented by Jeffrey Randall Karp, a private practitioner.
Building upon its renovation and leasing of 48 Wall St., Swig Burris plans to transform 5 Hanover Square into a luxury boutique office building. Renovations will include new elevator cabs, new core bathrooms, new multi-tenant floor upgrades and the installation of a state-of-the-art security and fire/life safety systems. The renovations will also include a lobby Swig is billing as "one of the finest in Manhattan." Also, the entire two-story facade front will be replaced with a new all-glass one.
A spokesperson for Swig Burris says the company expects current tenants including Unisys Corp., Reliance Insurance Co. and Jordan and Jordan Inc. to remain during the renovation process.
Hanover Square Park, the open space in front of the building, will also undergo a full renovation, including upgraded sidewalks, new landscaping, and the installation of a rotating art sculpture program. It will be renamed the British Memorial Gardens at Hanover Square, commemorating the 67 Britons who died on Sept. 11 as well as those British subjects who died alongside Americans in various wars. The gardens will be renovated by The British Memorial Gardens Fund.
Swig Burris Equities LLC is a real estate development, investment and management firm based here with offices in San Francisco. Over the past few years, Swig Burris Equities has purchased and is in the process of developing in excess of $350 million of properties, which includes, the purchase and renovation of 48 Wall St., a 324,000-sf office building, and the purchases of 770 Lexington Ave., a 20-story, 155,000 sf commercial office building, and 112 residential units within Gracie Townhouse, located at 401 East 89th St., among others.

April 1st, 2004, 10:57 PM
BBC News

Kapoor to create 9/11 memorial

Sculptor Anish Kapoor is to create a memorial in New York to the British victims of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

The 19.5ft (6m) sculpture, Unity, will form the centrepiece of a memorial garden in Hanover Square, near the twin towers site.

Remembrance ceremonies will be held in the garden.

Sixty-seven Britons died in the attacks, the biggest loss of British life in a terrorist attack.

The sculpture will be crafted from a block of black granite into which a vertical chamber is carved of approximately 1m [3.3ft] by 2.5m [8.2ft] by 80cm [2.6ft].

"The inner chamber is polished to give a mirrored surface," said the Bombay-born artist.

"The chamber reflects light so as to form a column, which hovers, ghost-like, in the void of the stone.

"This very physically monolithic object then appears to create within itself an ephemeral reflection akin to an eternal flame."

Kapoor's success against 11 other artists who submitted designs, including Sir Anthony Caro, Julian Opie, Antony Gormley and Richard Deacon, was announced by the British Memorial Garden Trust in New York.

Prince Charles and the British Consulate in New York are patrons of the charity.

Kapoor, 50, moved to London in the 1970s to study art at Hornsey College and the Chelsea School of Art Design.

He won the Turner Prize in 1991, and was made a CBE last year.


April 2nd, 2004, 11:27 AM
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November 23rd, 2004, 12:42 PM
DOWNTOWN EXPRESS - N0V. 19-25, 2004

The British garden is coming, but some wonder about statue

By Divya Watal

"Art is made to disturb,” said Cubist painter Georges Braque in the early 20th century. Some Lower Manhattan residents would argue: if it is made to disturb, let it not appear in a public square.

Several residents of Hanover Square in Manhattan’s Financial District are outraged about a new sculpture that is expected to decorate their neighborhood as part of the British Memorial Garden currently being constructed in the square.

At the beginning of this month, planners of the garden removed a statue of Abraham de Peyster, mayor of New York City from 1692-94, made by 19th century American sculptor George Edwin Bissell. City Hall Park will be its new home. Its replacement — a sculpture memorializing the 67 Britons who died in the World Trade Center attacks — will arrive in Hanover Square shortly.

“And what will replace this American statue of a New York luminary? A typical ‘English Garden’ and an ugly, monolithic, clumsy black stone — one can’t call it a sculpture — made by a British subject,” wrote Richard Fabrizio, a resident of 3 Hanover Square, in a letter to Downtown Express.

Others in the neighborhood have praised the garden, if not the memorial.

The new centerpiece of the square will be “Unity,” a 20-foot tall, 60-ton black-granite monolith, gutted to reveal a polished inner chamber, which reflects light to simulate an eternal flame. Acclaimed British sculptor Anish Kapoor designed the monument after winning a juried competition set up by the British Memorial Garden Trust.

The Trust, supported by New York City officials and the British Consulate-General, is a not-for-profit corporation administered by St. George’s Society, with the Prince of Wales acting as its royal patron.

The city’s Arts Commission approved the creation of the garden earlier this year in March, after Community Board 1 endorsed it. Scheduled for completion by fall 2005, the garden will celebrate the historic ties linking the United States and the United Kingdom. It is intended as a place of solitude, comfort and reflection — it will be a gift to the people of New York, the Trust says.

“We have not had any negative feedback,” said Camilla Hellman, president of the Trust, adding that members of the Lower Manhattan community worked closely with the Trust since the inception of the project. All decisions went through C.B. 1, she said, and everyone agreed the garden would help revive Lower Manhattan.

However, Fabrizio and a few other residents say, “an assault has occurred on the community.”

“The Peyster statue is humanistic — it uplifts people. The replacement is just big — it’s industrial and totally uninteresting,” Fabrizio said. “There’s so much ugliness in the city. Why do we need more?”

Although residents have not seen the sculpture yet — they have only seen images of it — they fear that the looming black block will remind them of events they would rather forget.

“Many of us think the square will look like a cemetery. The sculpture will refresh memories of the W.T.C. attacks — we don’t want that,” said Cindy Leung, a 3 Hanover Square resident.

“It’s unfortunate that the planners of the garden could not accommodate the Peyster statue,” said Jonathan Greenspan, treasurer of the 3 Hanover Square cooperative and member of C.B. 1. He added that the new sculpture was inappropriate because “it looks like a tombstone.”

However, Greenspan said that the garden was an improvement on the asphalt-covered square. “We love the idea of the park — the park is good, the sculpture is bad,” he said.

“Sure, we miss the Peyster statue,” said Joel Kopel, a C.B. 1 member and Hanover Square resident. He agreed with Greenspan that the garden was an upgrade to the square’s current aesthetic situation but that the new sculpture was offensive. “Would I like to see him [Peyster] stay? Absolutely, but it’s not part of the Trust’s plan.”

However, not everyone sees the new plan for Hanover Square as problematic. Catherine McVay Hughes, also a member of C.B. 1, said the overall plan for the garden “looks phenomenal.”

“Why would they [Hanover Square residents] be upset about a statue?” she said.

This statue of the city’s 20th mayor, Abraham de Peyster, was removed from Hanover Square a few weeks ago and will be placed in City Hall Park to make room for a British Memorial Garden, in honor of the 67 British victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Local residents have praised the proposed garden although a few have objected to the design for the memorial sculpture, right.

Downtown Express photos by Jennifer Bodrow

May 14th, 2005, 09:18 AM
Downtown Express photo by Elisabeth Robert

Sir Phillip Thomas, British Consul-General, Camilla Hellman, president of the British Memorial Garden Trust, and Adrian Benepe broke ground on the garden at Hanover Square.

Work begins on Downtown’s British Memorial Garden

By M.L. Liu

Against the sound of jackhammers and machinery, the groundbreaking ceremony for the British Memorial Garden at Hanover Square was held this past Tuesday morning.

Adrian Benepe, the city’s Parks Department commissioner, referred to construction going on across the street as a sign that others were invested in the future of Lower Manhattan. He described the garden as a celebration of the friendship and alliance between Great Britain and the United States, saying that it would be “one of the great public spaces, the great public gardens of New York City.”

The British Memorial Garden in Hanover Square will also commemorate the 67 British citizens who died in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Sir Philip Thomas, British Consul-General in New York, and Camilla Hellman, president and executive director of the British Memorial Garden Trust, also spoke at the ceremony. Hellman thanked those present for their support of the garden, which has been in development for over two years and which is scheduled to open next year.

Rufus Albemarle, artistic director of the British Memorial Garden Trust, seemed satisfied with the group’s progress so far. “There’s a lot of different sets of difficulties that one has to go through to get a park built,” he said after the ceremony.

Asked if he had heard any complaints from local residents about British sculptor Anish Kapoor’s design for a memorial in the garden, Albemarle said, “In any good thing there’s resistance. Are they resisting the fact that there’s art in the park? Or are they resisting because they don’t like the artist? If they understand that it’s a gift to New York City, they would see it in a different light.”

A bedsheet with the words “NYC Park for NYC Children” painted on it was tied at some point during the ceremony to the outside of the chain-link fence surrounding Hanover Square, indicating perhaps that there are some who oppose the way this three-quarter acre space will be developed.

Kevin Buckley and some other residents of 3 Hanover Square, which adjoins the square, said in telephone interviews that they have not been properly informed about the British Memorial Garden’s development. “I only found out about the garden through doing research on the Internet,” said Buckley.

While Buckley praised the idea of the garden, he said the memorial should have been more in keeping with the neighborhood’s historic style.

Cindy, who declined to give her last name, and Shane Gritzinger, also residents of 3 Hanover Square, expressed concerns about pedestrian safety and the amount of noise that would be generated by additional construction in front of their building.

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May 16th, 2005, 06:26 PM
Hanover Square, future British Memorial Garden
Work Begins on British Memorial Garden
LMDC website (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/news/work_to_begin_soon_98019.asp)
May 9, 2005

Seeds from the Prince of Wales' Highgrove estate, stone quarried in Scotland, City of London-style bollards, slate carved in Wales -- such are the elements that will memorialize the 67 Britons lost on September 11, 2001, in Lower Manhattan. They are the carefully chosen pieces that will soon comprise the $6.5 million British Memorial Garden, a "living memorial" and public park to be constructed in the Financial District's Hanover Square beginning*Tuesday, May 10.

The garden is the brainchild of Camilla Hellman, an English native who came to New York in the early 1990s and now serves as the president of the British Memorial Garden Trust. Hellman conceived of the idea as a way to honor the lives lost in the World Trade Center disaster and to signify the United Kingdom's commitment to Lower Manhattan's revitalization.

"British families will visit the World Trade Center site," Hellman says. "We want them to be able to go to a place nearby to sit and reflect and understand New York, and feel better and feel renewed."

Hellman founded the trust in May 2003 and soon after began the search for the garden's future home -- a hunt that ended almost as soon as it began. "We walked through Hanover Square," Hellman recalls. "I felt so comfortable there. It felt right. I knew it would be this treasure."

Her sense was more fitting than she knew, considering Hanover's Square's distinct British history.

The three-quarter-acre triangular plot was an original waterfront dock in 17th-century New Amsterdam -- renamed "New York" under British rule in 1664. Over the next three decades, landfill pushed the waterfront south and east, creating "Queen Street" (now Pearl Street). Houses were built along the new thoroughfare, including that of New York Mayor (1692-94) Abraham de Peyster. Soon, a city square emerged. It was named "Hanover Square" in 1714 for the accession of George I, Elector of Hanover, to the British throne.

The square's British roots were made even more noteworthy in the late 18th century, when the city converted most street names from Anglo to American monikers in honor of the newly established United States. Queen became Pearl Street, Crown became Liberty Street, Duke became Stone Street. Around that time, Hanover Square virtually disappeared, blending into Pearl Street. But in 1830, popular demand returned it to the map - complete with its original, British-inspired name.
The Garden is designed to resemble an English flower gardenPlans for the British Memorial Garden will take Hanover Square's heritage to the hilt. For starters, its designers will be Julian and Isabel Bannerman, renowned landscape architects who often work for the British royal family. Married since 1982, the Bannermans have designed the space to resemble a classic British flower garden, built entirely with U.K.-sourced, custom-made elements.

Their concept incorporates native British foliage like yew and boxwood hedges, topiaries, and formal flowerbeds, with garden walkways paved in a dark, reflective stone from Caithness, Scotland. A lighter-toned limestone from Morayshire, Scotland, will be carved into a "ribbon of counties" representing the entire United Kingdom. A water rill built from Welsh slate will run through the triangular garden, between benches carved from Portland, Ireland, stone and iron bollards fashioned in London.

British victims of 9/11 will be commemorated in the "memorial railing" that will run through the garden, topped by gilded obelisks representing , Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Kapoor's "Unity" sculpture will reflect light in its interior chamberCelebrated British artist Anish Kapoor won a 2004 competition to design the memorial sculpture. He is creating the 20-feet-tall, black granite work entitled "Unity." The monolithic piece will be hollowed in the center and polished to a mirror finish that will reflect light, suggestive of an eternal flame.

"It will be a very powerful piece, with a tunnel of light, suggesting unity, strength, and peace," Hellman says. "[His work] makes you feel like you're a part of it."

After nearly two years of rousing support and funds, Hellman says the trust is right where it needs to be, having secured Prince Charles as the garden's Royal Patron, hosting a visit by Princess Anne, and exhibiting pieces destined for the garden in London's Grosvenor Square. She and her colleagues at the trust continue to fundraise for the garden's endowment and ongoing-maintenance and are coordinating construction with city agencies and community groups such as the Alliance for Downtown New York and Community Board 1.
All garden elements will be custom made in the U.K.The garden's groundbreaking is now set for May 2005, with the bulk of the paving scheduled to be done by winter, followed by spring 2006 plantings and the installment of Kapoor's sculpture -- which replaces the 1896 sculpture of de Peyster (to be relocated to City Hall Park).

Hellman encourages downtowners to join in the trust's efforts. "We want the community to become involved because it's their garden," she says. "I hope it will become a part of Lower Manhattan life. We are honored to leave a legacy to the city, and to be a living memorial that reflects the relationship between New York and London."

Click here (http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/intro.html) to visit the website for the British Memorial Garden and here (http://www.livingmemorialsproject.net/)*to visit the U.S.Congress's website for 9/11 living memorials.

Visit LowerManhattan.info/Construction (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/Construction)*in the coming weeks for details about construction of the British*Memorial*Garden.

November 2nd, 2005, 02:06 PM
A recent photo of the ongoing work at the British Memorial Garden (Hanover Square). Prince Charles and Camilla unveiled a cornerstone there yesterday.

March 1st, 2006, 09:07 AM
The garden may actually be completed this spring.

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The brownstone India House is in the background.

March 3rd, 2006, 11:27 AM
While Buckley praised the idea of the garden, he said the memorial should have been more in keeping with the neighborhood’s historic style.

Good Grief! Why do some people think everything in an urban environment has to match like curtains and tableware? The Europeans are refreshing in that they don't mind placing a glass pyramid next to the Louvre, or a modern train station next to an historic treasure. If it is done artistically, the effect is

March 3rd, 2006, 03:26 PM
I agree with you on that Midtown Guy - something is usually 'outstanding' because it 'stands out' rather than blends in.

It's wonderful to see all the pockets of parkland development currently planned or under way in New York.

Hey - it's not just us Europeans - your city does a pretty fine job of "mixing and matching". I love the way that those modern structures nestle in with buildings that have been there for decade upon decade.

August 20th, 2006, 05:17 PM
Anyone know what's up with construction of this garden? It seems to have stalled / stopped a couple of months ago ...

August 28th, 2006, 03:56 PM
Glad you asked...I asked that question last week to the British Memorial Garden Trust:


Answer from 8/24/06:

Thank you so much for your note of concern about the British Memorial Garden. We have been under constant construction since May 2005, with some delays brought on by unmapped Con Edison conduits and stone shortages. These issues have now been addressed and work will resume on the park very shortly. With the arrival and installation of the stone benches and planters, and with the permission of the Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the British Memorial Garden will open to the public this fall. The planting and embellishments for the garden will occur in the spring, in time for the formal opening ceremony.

Again, thank you for your interest in the garden.

August 28th, 2006, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the update ...

One of the problems of construction in Manhattan: Once you start digging a hole there's no telling what you'll run into.

August 29th, 2006, 12:45 AM
I love PR announcements.

If you look at those two photos, NYatKnight's shows stone work already starting in Nov, and mine shows it almost done in March. It hasn't changed much since.

stone shortages.

What, the quarries can't find any to cut?

Seems to me to be money shortages.

August 29th, 2006, 08:53 PM
Thanks for the update ...

One of the problems of construction in Manhattan: Once you start digging a hole there's no telling what you'll run into.

Tell me about it...I live across from 15 William St. Bedrock. Nothing quiet about pulling out those weeds.

December 17th, 2006, 10:54 AM
Work has started up on this park again ... the curving stone benches are in the process of being installed.

Here's some info from the park website (http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/development.html):

Mourne granite set for inclusion in 9/11 garden

New York architect visits Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, to inspect Portland stone benches


Mourne Observer, 15 February 2006:

Granite from Mourne, Northern Ireland, is set to feature in the New York memorial garden for British victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.

There had been no plans to use the local granite in the construction of the $6 million garden in the centre of New York but after visiting Mourne a leading American architect said he believed it would be fitting to incorporate it.

Mr. John Kinnear, who has been project architect for the memorial garden since its outset, was paying a visit to S. McConnell and Sons to inspect the Portland stone benches the Kilkeel firm is making for the garden.

After hearing about the rich heritage of Mourne granite during his visit Mr. Kinnear said a place should be found for the local stone in the park, which is being built on a three quarters of an acre site in the Wall Street area of New York.

It is hoped Mourne granite will be part of the ‘memorial railing’ that will commemorate the 67 British people who died in the September 11 attack on the Twin Towers.

“We are having a traditional metal railing, which is coming from York in England,” Mr. Kinnear explained.

“It will have 67 obelisk finials on the railing and each of them is going to have one of the four symbols of the United Kingdom on it, the rose, the thistle, the flax for Northern Ireland and the daffodil for Wales. That fence is 140 ft long and it is going to sit on a granite kerb. Because of this trip I am going to propose we use the local granite.”

The New York man was paying his first ever visit to Northern Ireland, a journey that was delayed by nine hours because of the snow blizzards that struck the city.

“I was over to London to see the Diana Memorial and some of the other work carried out by S. McConnell and Sons,” Mr. Kinnear said. “I can say we were very impressed. That essentially clinched it, we knew that they had the technology and skill to undertake this job.”

Norman McKibbin, Managing Director of S. McConnell and Sons, estimated it would take three to four weeks to complete the production of the benches and another three weeks for them to be shipped to New York.

The funding for the memorial garden is being raised privately without contributions from the American and British Governments.

S. McConnell and Sons is treating the job as a non-profit making venture and the benches are being transported to America free of charge by P&O. It is expected the garden will be completed this summer and officially opened in early 2007.

January 25th, 2007, 01:32 AM
should be nice with stone street in spring...

April 21st, 2007, 05:59 PM
This little park is taking forever to complete, but it looks like it should be open before too long ...

Box hedges are ready for planting ...


And a topiary is in place ...


April 23rd, 2007, 09:40 AM
A few more benches to complete too, but you're right it looks almost done. It's going to be nice.

April 23rd, 2007, 12:09 PM
Supposedly, the official opening is May 15th

July 9th, 2007, 10:54 AM
Hanover Square, circa 1878, when the Elevated Railway (http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/beach/chapter17.html) had a station there ...


The first stop was Hanover Square.

The station house and even the stairway landing in the foreground
dwarf the very short platform. This station was somehow lengthened
later to handle five car trains.

Pearl St either side of the square was extremely narrow and had
just room for the two tracks.

From a stereo view probably taken in 1878.


A drawing of Hanover Square as seen from an approaching train
shows the stairways and other details like an overhead sign
that was not fully visible except to birds.

From the Daily Graphic, August 28, 1878.

July 9th, 2007, 11:51 AM
Got one too...1940's

Very frustrating that this little plot of land should take so long to complete...just got this reply back from the Trust:

Thank you for your interest in the British Memorial Garden at Hanover Square. While it is true that we are behind schedule with the planting, the major construction of the park has been completed and landscaping begun. It is now fully open to the public.

As for a specific date when all the little details will be finalized, I am sorry I can’t say. We are all working very hard to get the garden completed as quickly as possible, and we are moving forward.

Believe me when I tell you no one wants the British Memorial Garden finished more than those of us who work on the project.

Again, thank you for expressing your concern.

July 9th, 2007, 04:21 PM
They're out of money.

July 9th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Afraid so. And so close to the finish line. Hard to believe they can't come up with the final few dollars from Charles and Camilla.

July 9th, 2007, 06:34 PM
Does that ^^^ mean the Garden won't be getting this \/ from Anish Kapoor :confused: ...


July 9th, 2007, 06:39 PM
Ahh...the other shoe drops.

Never mind...I'll live with it as it is.:)

July 9th, 2007, 07:25 PM
You'd think they could get some cash to finish the damn thing from local property owners and/or office tenants. When finished, the new square should certainly raise area property values.

July 9th, 2007, 07:43 PM
There's been a behind-the-scenes and on-going fight about the sculpture (http://www.downtownexpress.com/de_110/gardenvarietydebate.html) ...

“This [the garden] is supposed to be a gift, and no one asked us whether or not we wanted it,” said Viqui Maggio, a 3 Hanover Square resident.

July 9th, 2007, 08:00 PM
^ Silliness.

July 17th, 2007, 04:51 PM
15th. June 2007



July 17th, 2007, 04:54 PM
It looked Ok in April 2005


And before then.


Is that a ghost?

July 17th, 2007, 05:06 PM
It looked Ok in April 2005
...and actually it looks Ok now.

July 18th, 2007, 09:51 AM
India House is definitely one of my favorite 50 (maybe top 20...) buildings in NYC.

July 19th, 2007, 04:51 AM
India House is definitely one of my favorite 50 (maybe top 20...) buildings in NYC.

You may be interested to read the History section on this site.


July 19th, 2007, 10:56 AM
Great building; God-awful restaurant.

July 23rd, 2007, 03:07 AM
Thnaks, Brianac.

Never had lunch there, BPC, but I did have a drink there once and it was well made.

September 4th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Now open, this plaza is fairly underwhelming and doesn't do the renderings justice.

September 5th, 2007, 05:55 AM
Now open, this plaza is fairly underwhelming and doesn't do the renderings justice.

Open. With or without the sculpture?

September 5th, 2007, 06:14 PM
Without. It's open, but not finished.

September 6th, 2007, 03:29 AM

I doubt we will ever see the "sculpture".

April 22nd, 2008, 07:20 AM
British Memorial Garden at Hanover Square

As part of a process that began last May, one of the city’s oldest public squares is being revamped. Hanover Square, named in 1714 for King George I, Elector of Hanover, is being rebuilt by the British Memorial Garden Trust (http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/intro.html) to commemorate 67 Britons who died in New York on September 11, 2001. The new park space will feature hand-carved stone from Scotland, plantings from Prince Charles’s estate, and iron bollards from London. To learn more about the British Memorial Garden, located at William and Pearl Streets, click here (http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/rebuilding_spotlight/work_to_begin_soon_96121.aspx).
Locate this project on the Interactive Streetwork Map (http://javascript<b></b>:openWindow('/flash/transportation/default.asp?layer=alerts&position=9.4375,30.775',%20'transportation',%20780 ,%20530,%20'');).

Daily Activities
*The following information was last updated on April 21, 2008.

Final plantings in May 2008
Final paving and bench installations will be complete in June 2008© 2007 Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center/LMDC

April 22nd, 2008, 10:09 AM
No mention of the sculpture ^ :cool:

April 22nd, 2008, 11:37 AM
I think that's a lost cause Lofter.

August 24th, 2008, 05:38 PM
http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/US_2008_550.jpg (http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/eventsnew.html)

Other information and photographs HERE (http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/intro.html)


May 30th, 2009, 03:55 AM
Prince Harry's Secret Garden Exposed!

Friday, May 29, 2009, by Joey


With his whirlwind trip to NYC having just kicked off, Prince Harry is getting a lot of publicity for his visit to ground zero and polo match on Governors Island (press tour today (http://twitpic.com/66lk9)!). But HRH Prince Henry of Wales is also in town to dedicate the British Garden at Hanover Square in the Financial District, which leads us to an important question: What the heck is the British Garden? Luckily, just as the ceremony is set to begin, the Broadsheet Daily (http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001idSyURbXubfAJpdovCGhpmbkSIzxGWd_oG0DiA FvcDb-TSnvUuMuqF-JoqoLHtMvS6v6_MdRmOWC4ftaXVhBjw6R6aGkMX39gFkOvvxvy 5E%3D) lands in our inbox with both a picture of the pocket park and an explanation of the recent turbulent history of this memorial to the British citizens killed in the 9/11 attacks:
At the May meeting of Community Board 1's Financial District Committee, some members expressed their extreme displeasure with how things have been handled. "Time frames were misrepresented," said Megan McHugh. "Contractors walked off the job; there were liability issues with the benches," said Joel Kopel. Committee member Michael Ketring wanted to know who would replace the benches in the park if they cracked "sometime down the road." Financial District Committee Chair Ro Sheffe asked Camilla Hellman, President of the British Memorial Garden Trust, to give the committee a time line with her "best guess" as to when the next phases of the garden will be completed, which she agreed to do.
At Community Board 1's full board meeting on Tuesday night, Mr. Sheffe reported that, "After three years of foot dragging by the Parks Department, suddenly things are speeding up because Prince Harry is showing up!"
You don't say! Just imagine how quickly that thing would have been finished if it had been Prince William that was due for a visit. So dreamy!

· Prince Harry to name Hanover Square's British Garden today (http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001idSyURbXubfAJpdovCGhpmbkSIzxGWd_oG0DiA FvcDb-TSnvUuMuqF-JoqoLHtMvS6v6_MdRmOWC4ftaXVhBjw6R6aGkMX39gFkOvvxvy 5E%3D) [Broadsheet]
· British Memorial Garden New York (http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/) [britishmemorialgarden.org]


May 30th, 2009, 09:42 AM
The Kapoor is kaput?

May 30th, 2009, 10:02 AM
The ring of accent lighting is there, but the website Spring Press Release (http://www.britishmemorialgarden.org/bulletin_spring09.pdf) states "as the finishing touches to the park are being undertaken..."

I thought the sculpture was the focal point.

May 30th, 2009, 10:36 AM
Published: November 1, 2008 (http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/29161/mr-big-stuff/?printer_friendly=1)

...Kapoor still has an interest in creating sites for quiet contemplation. A sculpture intended for Lower Manhattan should answer people’s need for reflection, and promises to be genuinely mysterious. The 20-foot-high block of black granite will stand in Hanover Square, in a garden commemorating the 67 Britons who died as a result of the attacks on 9/11. To realize the memorial, Kapoor is donating it to the city. “If they had to pay for the sculpture it would never happen, because my work costs so much,” he says. (One of his sculptures sold last year for $2.5 million.) “This is a worthy cause and I would like a piece in that location; but we’ve still got to raise the funds to make the work.”