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The Vanderbilt Eagle
Above this location, a one-and-a-half ton eagle is perched on the viaduct that circles Grand Central Terminal, It is one of 12 eagle sculptures that formerly graced the roof of the original Grand Central Station in 1898. In 2004, ninety-four years after the demolition of the station, this majestic eagle was returned to its former home.
It was graciously given to MTA-Metro North Railroad by the Capuchin Franciscan friars in 2001, after spending many years mounted on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River on the former estate of U.S. Representative Hamilton Fish in Garrison, N.Y. After undergoing extensive restoration, it was installed at this location, complementing the other original eagle perched above the entrance to Grand Central off Lexington Avenue at 43rd Street.
The eagle, restored for MTA Metro-North Railroad by the Architectural Iron Company and Evergreen Studios, is finished in gold and palladium leaf and brown paint.
April 28th, 2004
Location. 40° 45.152′ N, 73° 58.688′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grand Central Terminal, New York NY 10017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grand Central Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Hale (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Kneeling Fireman" (about 600 feet away); Park Avenue Viaduct (about 600 feet away); The Bronxville Eagle (about 700 feet away); New York Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); 230 Park Avenue (approx. 0.2 miles away); HSBC (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Last updated on November 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.