Rehabilitate Juarez Monument
The National Park Service's (NPS) National Mall and Memorial Parks will conduct repair and rehabilitation work on the Benito Pablo Juarez Monument and Plaza (on U.S. Reservation 26K), located between Virginia and New Hampshire Avenues, N.W., in Washington D.C. This Monument is a duplicate of a statue which stands in Oaxaca, Mexico and consists of a bronze standing portrait statue of Benito Juarez on a granite clad pedestal. The sculptor was Enrique Alciati and it was cast in Mexico at the Fundidores Artisticos, Mexico City. It was dedicated on January 7, 1969.
The statue base has deteriorated and requires repair and rehabilitation. Temporary restraining straps were placed around the base of the statue in November of 2005 to help control the slippage of the facing stones on the monument base. There is also a temporary barrier around the base to prevent pedestrian access to the base and to prevent tampering with the support straps. In 2010, the NPS contracted with Oehrlein & Associates Architects to prepare a condition assessment and repair plan. Based on this report, NPS proposes to repair the granite on both the pedestal and plaza; clean and repair the bronze statue; repair loose lettering and reinstall missing lettering; and weatherproof the statue.
The work is anticipated to be completed in winter of 2011/2012. Sidewalk closures will not be required, however access to the monument itself will be closed or limited for the duration of the rehabilitation work. This work will require the removal and re-setting of the granite cladding and the temporary removal of the statue from the pedestal. The statue will remain on-site. Landscape maintenance will be completed in the spring after repairs are made to the statue and plaza.
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