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INSIDE THE GOODWIN MONUMENT: 1999
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In 1999 while working on the renovated Goodwin Park, Portsmouth City
officials took another look inside the 1888 zinc alloy monument. The
structure was lowered in 1955 and this crawl space was cut into the skin
of the monument.
Inside the monument is a maintenance person's nightmare
The original metal armatures have long since rusted. The weight of the
monument cracked the zinc exterior, causing leaks that rotted wooden
timbers inside. More than a century of repair is evident with rubber
caulking, tar patches cement fill.
This shot shows how completely the original steel structure has rusted
away. Pieces literally dangle in the wind blowing through cracks in the
surface. Preservationists expect the repair of the "white bronze" Civil
War monument to run to $125,000. Even allowing for inflation, the
monument repair cost is higher than its original purchase price.
Back outside, Goodwin Park has been newly renovated with a $250,000 HUD
grant.. The tablet in the foreground was originally placed in Haymarket
Square as a memorial to local men killed in World War 1.
The role of those killed in the battle is a reminder of the reason we
build monuments in the first place, to provide some lasting record of
the true cost of war. Listen closely, you'll hear the monument sing.
Digital photos by J. Dennis Robinson
© 1999 SeacoastNH.com
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