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Property Name World War I Monument
Reference Number 13000201
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Town Rutherford Borough
Street Address Intersection of Park Avenue, Chestnut Street and Passaic Avenue and Lincoln Ave., Rutherford Borough, NJ
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 04/24/2013
Areas of Significance ART, SOCIAL HISTORY
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Rutherford's World War I Monument will always remain a memorial to the ultimate sacrifice of 19 local soldiers in the war to end all wars. But this unique object is layered with architectural and historic significance. The monument is an early ( 1920) distinctive design of the prominent architect Edgar I. Williams. It is the architect's signature response to the loss of his neighbors and reflects his personal witness, through his own service, of World War I. It is unique for its spare artistic approach to an architectural war memorial, its cast stone construction and the early use of electrical lighting in a local commemorative sculpture. Its Neo-classical Revival style is reflective of the continuation of the late 19th-Century American Renaissance. The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventory of American Sculpture has identified and listed The World War I Monument as inventory item # lAS NJ000030. It is also referenced in the Save Outdoor Sculpture, New Jersey Survey, 1994. During his distinguished architectural career of 60 plus years, this is Williams' only freestanding sculpture. The Rutherford World War I Monument is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C, as the early centerpiece of a plaza that would eventually contain three civic creations of Edgar I. Williams, as an early anchor leading to the development of Rutherford's Civic District, and as a planned community landscape that began the transition from a busy downtown to a contemplative social and governmental area. A period of significance of 1919-1920 has been identified, which marks the monument's completion and dedication date.


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