Irvington Historical Society
131 Main Street, PO BOX 23, Irvington, NY 10533 Phone: (914) 591-1020
Unveiled on June 27, 1927, the Washington Irving Memorial at the corner of Broadway and West Sunnyside Lane came to reality after two decades of effort led by Irvington resident Jennie Prince Black to honor the village namesake. Daniel Chester French, the leading sculptor in America and designer of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., crafted the bust of Irving and two characters from his novels set in a backdrop of pink Vermont granite. Flanking Irving's left is Rip Van Winkle, the famous denizen of the Catskills who awoke after a twenty-year slumber, and to Irving's right, the lesser known Boabdil, a minor character in Irving's The Alhambra, but chosen perhaps for offering a stark contrast in dress to old Rip.