HELP US SAVE THE PHILIPSE MANOR EAGLE


The Philipse Manor Eagle in 2018  photo: Dawn Kriss

The Philipse Manor Eagle in 2018 photo: Dawn Kriss

HIstory of the eagle

The Grand Central Eagle at Philipse Manor train station represents an important piece of history in our own backyard, and it is in dire need of restoration.  Part of the Grand Central Station renovation of 1898, the eagle is one of 11 that graced the historic building’s monumental clock towers for 12 years at 42nd Street and Park Avenue (see below).

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In 1910, as the station began renovations to become the Grand Central Terminal building we are all familiar with today, the huge cast iron eagles were removed and dispersed throughout the region. One of these eagles was obtained by the Philipse Manor Company, landing at our station by 1911. Its impressive 14 foot wingspan continues to grace the train station in Sleepy Hollow and enhance commuters’ rides today. The few remaining eagles represent a bygone era and offer a connection to the grand history of the New York Metropolitan Area.  

Image: Courtesy of the Westchester County Historical Society

Image: Courtesy of the Westchester County Historical Society

Image: Courtesy of the Westchester County Historical Society

Image: Courtesy of the Westchester County Historical Society

current state

This piece of history is in bad decay and in need of restoration if it is going to survive for future generations. Because of the nature of cast iron, it is quite sensitive to the elements. The eagle has never received professional treatment since its arrival at the Philipse Manor station over a century ago. A conservation assessment has determined that there is extensive corrosion, including potential structural damage as well. A committee of local residents from Sleepy Hollow have come together to address the issues and save the eagle.  Past quotes have been as high as $70,000 to move the eagle off-site for repairs.  We are currently looking at options with less complexity, while actively soliciting multiple bids from qualified restoration providers. We must raise awareness and the funds necessary to restore and preserve our Eagle for generations to come.

how to help

The Save the Eagle Committee is working in cooperation with The Historical Society, Inc. serving Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.  We are accepting tax deductible online contributions made through the Historical Society by clicking the “Donate” button below. Checks or corporate matches payable to The Historical Society, Inc., One Grove Street Tarrytown, NY 10591 must be designated as “The Eagle Fund Restoration” so that they are specifically identified for this restoration project. The Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. Please contact us if you are in need of further information.

One of the original Grand Central Eagles, which has returned to the station.  Photo: Dawn Kriss

One of the original Grand Central Eagles, which has returned to the station. Photo: Dawn Kriss

NEXT STEPS

We are currently soliciting restoration bids. Our hope is to restore the eagle to the appearance matching the other original eagles that have returned home to roost at Grand Central Station (see above). Part of the process will involve establishing a plan for future maintenance, so that the piece does not fall into disrepair in the future. By treating the eagle properly at this stage, we can ensure that it will continue to thrive for another century to come.