The bronze statue of William Henry Seward welcomes visitors who access the park through the entrance at Broadway and 23rd Street. This towering monument looks out at the iconic Flatiron Building.
The sculptor, Randolph Rogers, has depicted the 19th-century statesman seated cross-legged in a large armchair, books stacked beneath, with pen and parchment at hand. In 2019, as part of a greater restoration effort, the Conservancy replaced the monument’s red Levante marble base with one made from Arno granite, a stone better suited to the outdoors.
William Henry Seward served as United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln. He was an integral member of the President’s famous “team of rivals” cabinet that successfully prosecuted the Civil War and kept the Union together.