The original arch, made of plaster and wood, was erected in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of the inauguration of President Washington. Due to its immense popularity (KD: what else is new?), the permanent marble arch, designed by New York architect Stanford White, was built in 1892.
- Washington Square Arch - Wikipedia
- Construction of the Iconic New York City Landmark in 1892
- “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God” - Washington
KD: What were they repairing, and what event was W talking about?