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Cornerstone from the Bridewell Prison (1775-1838), City Hall, Park, New York Cit

Object Number: 
ca. 1775
Overall: 14 1/2 x 8 x 25 1/2 in. ( 36.8 x 20.3 x 64.8 cm )
carved: "Whitehead Hicks/ Esqur Mayor/ 1775"
Rectangular cornerstone with carved inscription.
Gallery Label: 
This cornerstone was laid in 1775, at a ceremony led by Mayor Whitehead Hicks. The stone, described by I.N. Phelps Stokes as "a red sand or free stone, about twenty-six inches by fourteen" formed part of a two story dark gray structure, "with a pediment in the front and in the rear" (Sutton, 43.) The stone was found on September 3rd, 1838, and was donated to the N-YHS in 1854 (I.N. Phelps Stokes, Iconography, vol. 5, 1754.)
Credit Line: 
Gift of William J. Davis
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group