Newburgh Tower of Victory Restoration Gets $50,000 Grant

Tower of Victory Newburgh

The Palisades Parks Conservancy is running a campaign to restore the Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh in an effort to raise $1.5 million to restore the structure. The original roof you see above is no longer in existence as well as the viewing platform inside. There is also damage to the stone work. Fortunately a $50,000 grant from the American Express Foundation was donated.

There is still plenty money left to be raised. If you would like to make a donation click here.

The Tower of Victory is the nation’s only monument commemorating the peace that came at the end of the Revolutionary War. Commissioned in 1883 by Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son and then Secretary of War, the dedication marked the 100th Anniversary of the peace treaty. To build the monument, Mr. Lincoln engaged architect John Hemingway Duncan designer of the Grand Army Plaza and Grant’s Tomb, both in New York City. Duncan hired William Rudolph O’Donovan to create the fabulous bronze sculptures. His work can be seen at Grant’s Tomb, the Grand Army Plaza as well as the Gettysburg Battlefield. After four years, thousands of dollars, and a public campaign led by the residents of Newburgh, the Tower was completed on December 31, 1887 where it has stood sentinel over the Hudson River.