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Saint Paul in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The New York Life Eagle

 
 
The New York Life Eagle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 12, 2010
1. The New York Life Eagle Marker
Inscription. In 1890, architect Stanford White gave the commission for The New York Life Eagle to Augustus Saint-Gaudens on behalf of The New York Life Insurance Company. Augustus sketched its conceptual form and the sculpture was carved in marble by his brother Louis St. Gaudens to be cast in an edition of three for New York Life's frontier expansion buildings in Kansas City, Omaha, and Saint Paul.

In the heart of downtown Saint Paul, the beautiful building's three-story main entrance was capped by this powerful allegory of protection. The majestic bird is poised on a ledge of rock, wings spread to shelter its nest of eaglets, its talons grasping a threatening serpent.

In 1967, preservationists led by William and Watson Davidson and Georgia Ray DeCoster saved the sculpture when the building was demolished and installed it outside the Pioneer Building parking ramp.

Public Art Saint Paul secured title to the sculpture in 1999 and undertook its restoration. In June, 2004, the sculpture was raised to this prospect overlooking the Mississippi River valley where bald eagles abound along the bluffs and palisades.
 
Location. 44° 56.503′ N, 93° 7.019′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is on Summit Avenue east of
The New York Life Eagle and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 12, 2010
2. The New York Life Eagle and Marker
Ramsey Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in Summit Lookout Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 440 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Summit Lookout Park (within shouting distance of this marker); F. Scott Fitzgerald House (approx. 0.4 miles away); C.S.P.S. Hall (approx. half a mile away); James J. Hill / The James J. Hill House (approx. half a mile away); 151-155 Western Avenue (approx. half a mile away); Summit–Selby Neighborhood (approx. half a mile away); Freedom House Station 51 (approx. half a mile away); Cathedral of Saint Paul (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Saint Paul.
 
Also see . . .
1. Public Art Saint Paul. New York Life Eagle. (Submitted on April 24, 2011.) 

2. The New York Life Eagle Project. New York Life Foundation. Restoring The City's Oldest Sculpture. (Submitted on April 24, 2011.) 

3. Public Art Saint Paul. Nathan Hale. "It is the first monument west of Ohio to honor the Revolutionary War." (Submitted on April 24, 2011.) 

4. City of Saint Paul. Nathan Hale. "After the Great New York Fire of 1776, the British arrested Hale and hanged him." (Submitted on April 24, 2011.) 

5. Nathan Hale Statue. Placeography entry. "He was an officer for the Continental Army
The New York Life Eagle image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 12, 2010
3. The New York Life Eagle
during the American Revolutionary War. Widely considered America's first spy, he volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission, but was captured by the British." (Submitted on April 24, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Donor Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 12, 2010
4. Donor Plaque
Nearby Revolutionary War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 12, 2010
5. Nearby Revolutionary War Memorial
[401 Summit Avenue]
Nathan Hale
1755—1776
I only regret
that I have bvt one life to
lose for my covntry.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 684 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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