Riverdale Monument

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Riverdale–Spuyten Duyvil–Kingsbridge Memorial Bell Tower
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Riverdale Monument is located in New York City
Riverdale Monument
Location Riverdale Avenue at W. 239th St. & Henry Hudson Pkwy, Bronx, New York
Coordinates: 40°53′21″N 73°54′30″W / 40.889284°N 73.908304°W / 40.889284; -73.908304
Area .5 acres[2]
Built September 17, 1930 (1930-09-17)[3]
Architect Dwight James Baum
Governing body New York City Parks Department[2]
NRHP Reference # 11000967 [1]
Added to NRHP January 03, 2012

The Riverdale–Spuyten Duyvil–Kingsbridge Memorial Bell Tower or Riverdale Monument is a memorial tower in Bell Tower Park located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. It was completed on September 17, 1930 to commemorate World War I veterans from the neighborhoods of Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, and Kingsbridge.[2] In 1936, it was moved 700 feet south to make room for the Henry Hudson Parkway which it now stands next to. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 3, 2012.[1]


The 50 feet (15 m) tall and 17.5 feet (5.3 m) wide monument is located on West 239th street between Riverdale Avenue and the Henry Hudson Parkway.[4] It was designed by Dwight James Baum for the Riverdale American Legion Post. It is made of fieldstone and Indiana limestone and is estimated to weigh 500 tons.[2][4] In the tower is a 1762 Spanish bell which had been made for a Mexican monastery. General Winfield Scott captured this bell during the Mexican War and brought it back to New York City where it resided in the Jefferson Market and a Riverdale firehouse before it was installed in the newly constructed tower.[2]


  1. ^ a b "WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 1/03/12 THROUGH 1/06/12". January 13, 2012. National Park Service. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bell Tower Park". New York City Parks Department. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Dowling, Nikki. "Riverdale Monument may soon get some national recognition". July 27, 2011. Riverdale Press. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Permanent Art and Monuments > Riverdale, Spuytenduyvil, Kingsbridge Memorial Bell Tower". New York City Parks Department. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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