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Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Common in need of restoration

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  January 22, 2013 05:05 PM

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Heads on figures on a plaque on one side of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument have broken off over time. Graffiti is also on the monument.

City officials are working to revive a grand monument on Boston Common that has seen better days.

Pieces of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument have broken off the monument’s plaques over the years, and graffiti taints its base.

Now, now the city is working to repair the damage and natural deterioration and restore the monument.

The city is putting together funding for the restoration, according Jacquelyn Goddard, spokeswoman for the Boston Parks Department.

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The Soldiers and Sailors Monument sits on top of a hill in Boston Common.

Goddard said the damage is not new and the monument has sustained damage and faced natural deterioration over a long period. The estimated cost of restoring the plaques and recasting the number of heads and other pieces that have broken off exceeds $50,000, Goddard said in an e-mail.

The granite base of the monument also needs to be cleaned, and the department has received one estimate of $279,000 to repair most of the damage and natural deterioration.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission has been working with the Boston Art Commission to restore the monument.

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