SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – A Congress Park statue that was vandalized in 2020 returns later this month to its place in the spa town.
Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced that the New York 77th Regiment Monument will be relocated to Congress Park on Nov. 16.
The statue was damaged by vandalism in July 2020 and required extensive repairs. No arrests have been made in connection with the damage.
“The original repaired statue will be reinstalled on the granite base in Congress Park on November 16,” Scirocco said in a press release. “While the statue was repaired and returned a few months ago, coordinating the company to return and install it, make landscaping improvements and ensure new security systems were installed in the park were a priority before installation.”
The vandalism resulted in sections of the statue breaking off and small parts of the statue, such as the hand, being shattered into pieces.
Immediately after the vandalism, the Public Works Department identified a vendor with experience in repairing or restoring zinc statues and learned that Evergreene Architectural Artists, located in Maryland, had previously repaired statues identical to those in the city. .
The entire statue was transported to Evergreene’s conservation studio, where repairs were made, a stainless steel frame was added, and a new coating was applied.
The final aspect of Evergreene’s job is to reinstall the statue on its base in Congress Park.
Repair costs were $58,218 and were covered by the city’s insurance program.
Community donations totaling $14,215.90 were also used for landscaping and security improvements. These donations were arranged by the New York State Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and Col. George L. Willard Camp #154, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
“I want to thank everyone who worked diligently to repair this statue and for the support of the community to ensure its return to Congress Park,” Scirocco said in the statement.
In 1875, the monument was donated by veterans of the 77th Regiment at a cost of $3,000. The cast iron and zinc soldier statue was cast by the JW Fiske Foundry of New York and was at the time a catalog item offered by the JW Fiske Company. Accompanying the statue and the granite plinth is a plaque which reads: “The Seventy-Seventh Regiment, New York Volunteers (Bemis Heights Battalion, Third Brigade, Second Division, Sixth Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865 ). Took part in all campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, also the Battle of Fort Stevens in Washington, DC and the campaign in the Shenandoah Valley under Sheridan.