MADISON SQUARE PARK
Madison Square Park, a 6.2-acre public square between Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street in the Flatiron district of New York City, and symbol of the city’s history and culture, fell into a state of disrepair over several decades. The restoration design preserves the original 19th-century park, providing a setting for temporary art exhibits in the context of an existing historic outdoor sculpture collection. ABB collaborated closely with an art conservator to restore and re-site many of those historic pieces.
A restored fountain anchors the south end of the park; a new shallow reflecting pool and relocated Farragut Monument sit at the north end, near 26th street. To reinforce the central core of open park space, ABB gently realigned the oval lawn, added a wide granite curb, and created a perimeter ribbon of decorative benches and park lighting.