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Senator Hoar Memorial

Historical Significance

The 1908 memorial to George Frisbie Hoar honors the man who helped to found the Massachusetts Republican Party in 1854.  The seated, bronze figure of Senator Hoar is the work of renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose most famous sculpture may be the seated figure of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC.  At Senator Hoar’s initiative, Daniel Chester French was commissioned  to sculpt a bust of late Vice President Henry Wilson in 1885, one year after the senator’s nephew, Sherman Hoar, an undergraduate at Harvard University, served as the model for French’s sculpture of John Harvard, the school’s founder, which stands in Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA.  The Senator Hoar Memorial stands in front of Worcester’s City Hall, whose impressive architecture and Common are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Conservation Treatment

  • ŸWater jet removal of bronze corrosion products.
  • ŸPatination to match the original, historic brown patina of the sculpture and plaques.
  • ŸApplication of a protective Incralac coating to the sculpture.
  • ŸApplication of a protective wax coating to the plaques.  Wax provided a better alternative than Incralac for the plaques, because their lower position makes them vulnerable to vandalism.

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