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John Merven Carrere Memorial
This commemorative terrace and balustrade, part of the staircase inserted at 97th Street into the 19th-century, rustic perimeter wall enclosing Riverside Park, honors the distinguished architect John Mervin Carrère (1858–1911). Carrère was born on November 9, 1858 to a prosperous American family then living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was educated at public schools in Lausanne, Switzerland, and studied at the Institute Breitenstein in Grenchen, Switzerland, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France (1877-82). After graduating from the Ecole, Carrère was a draftsman with the esteemed architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White in New York City. In the mid-1880s he formed a partnership with architect Thomas Hastings (1860–1921) whom he had met in Paris and worked with at McKim, Mead and White.
The firm of Carrère and Hastings produced some of New York City’s finest and most notable edifices. Their early work was characterized by extensive ornamentation; their later work incorporated French Baroque and American Georgian elements, and displayed an increasing refinement indebted to classicism. The firm’s vast
In 1891 Carrère was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the AIA’s board of directors until his death. Carrère was the chairman of the Board of Architects of the Pan-American Exposition in 1901 in Buffalo, New York. He was on a state commission in Ohio that redesigned a section of Cleveland, and served on similar commissions in Baltimore, Maryland and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a consulting architect to the Federal Government, and designed the annex to United States Capitol in Washington, D. C. that is used as a senate office building.
An active participant in the cultural life of the city, Carrère was a member of the Architectural League of New York, a Vice President of the National Sculpture
On March 1, 1911 Carrère died as a result of an automobile accident, only two months before the official opening of the New York Public Library he had helped design. The day of his funeral on March 3, his body lay in state in the rotunda of the nearly finished library. Hastings continued to run the firm, later partnering with other architects.
This memorial was designed by Thomas Hastings, and includes a pink granite commemorative tablet on which is carved a parting curtain revealing the name of Carrère and the years of his birth and death. Commissioned at a cost of $9,000, the memorial was a gift to the City in 1916.
City of New York Parks and Recreation
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
Arian Benepe, Commissioner
Erected 2001 by City of New York Parks and Recreation.
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1911.
Location. 40° 47.876′ N, 73° 58.464′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from Riverside Drive near West 99th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Riverside Park, New York NY 10025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fire Horses (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Firemen’s Memorial (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Firemen’s Memorial (about 400 feet away); Teresa Carreño (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gershwin Family Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); Joan of Arc (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Joan of Arc (approx. 0.3 miles away); Humphrey DeForest Bogart (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Riverside Park: John Merven Carrere Memorial. Official NYC Parks discription (Submitted on April 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Carrère and Hastings. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on April 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.