The lovely bronze lampposts guarding Bryant Park

Bryantparklamppost1Bryant Park—known as Reservoir Square in the 19th century, thanks to the massive distributing reservoir that was once on the site of the New York Public Library Building—has lots of contemporary attractions: an ice rink, holiday shopping kiosks, and a sweet carousel too.

If you find yourself there, take a look at the heavy bronze lampposts that light all the park’s entrances.

They’re pretty impressive, no? These are old-school park lampposts that make it clear you’re about to enter an enchanting little pocket of green amid Midtown’s skyscrapers and office towers.

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The ornamentation, the four ram heads, and the clawed feet at the base are unique to Bryant Park. I’m not aware of any other city park has a lamppost quite like it.

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4 Responses to “The lovely bronze lampposts guarding Bryant Park”

  1. ronfrankl Says:

    The distributing reservoir, which was demolished around 1900, was a rather unique and imposing structure. There was a walkway around the top of it, and it was popular and fashionable to stroll around the reservoir in the evening. Here’s an article on it: http://www.newyorkcityh2o.org/old-croton-ride-notes-distributing-reservoir—42nd-street.html

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks Ron, very cool info! What a view of the city that walkway must have offered.

  3. A New York public restroom out of the Gilded Age | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] this location now for 96 years, it fits right in with nearby stairs, statues, and lampposts that are also straight out of the turn of the last century. And to the relief of passersby and park […]

  4. Joey Marino Says:

    Hello!

    I love these posts; and have noted them for a while as a native new york area resident; (I am 25) As an architect (ure student) and enthusiast of historic design from the late 19th and early 20th century, I know them well. I am on your page after an immediate internet search for info about these lamps; as, I just saw a few minutes ago, on TV, an establishing shot of the Supreme Court of the United States, and… well, aparently these lamps were a product to be purchased, because they are found there too— exactly the same, from the ram heads to the scrolling acanthus to the flattened greek urn at the top; The four sides of the base, here with swags of fruit, aparently has instead been switched out for some court-related imagery, of the blindfolded justice holding scales.

    do indeed check them out!

    Joey
    Parsons School of Design ‘21

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