Artist: Bisson, Peter & Charles Gruenfeld
Title: "Abraham Lincoln Monument"
Location: East Civic Center Plaza at Pacific Avenue and First Street, Long Beach
Date of Manufacture: Begun March 12, 1906
Date of Installation: June 29, 1915
Foundry or Fabrication: Raymond Stone Company
Dimensions: Sculpture: 7' 0" x 2'- 6" x 2'-6"Base: 6'- 0" 3"-0" x 3' - 0" Plaque: yes
Inscriptions: North Face: In relief, cannon, pile of cannon balls in rural setting, all highly polished. On base: "Grant, Sherman/Sheridan. Shiloh's Wilderness, Lookout Mt./Appomatox" East Face of pedestal: In relief, "old Glory"/"Let us have Peace" on base: "Dedicated to the veterans of the civil war." South Face pedestals: In relief, initials G.A.R, "The Grand Army of the Republic 1861-1865.) On base, "Thomas Hancock"
Siting: The sculpture is currently located in the center of the walkway at the entrance of the Civic Center. The sculpture is approximately 30' from the street, directly across form the Metro Blue Line. The sculpture was first moved from its original site in 1962. It was taken to storage in 1973. In 1977 it was installed in front of the library without its pedestal. It was moved in its entirety at its current location in 1982. See SOS! File.
Description: The monument is encircled with (8) granite posts connected with double row of large steel linked chain to prevent access to the sculpture. The monument is composed of a three tiered, post and lintel stacked granite column pedestal. The base is composed of (4) tiers. The first two tiers are a smooth finish white granite with inscriptions. The third tier is high polished black granite with relief drawings carved by the Raymond Stone Company staff artist, Clyde Spear. The images are taken directly from civil war photographs. There is a smooth finish white granite tower-like component, located on top of the black granite piece. Above these elements is located the three tiered base located directly above the sculpture. The sculpture is a naturalistically carved rendering of Abraham Lincoln. He proper left leg is forward. The proper right arm is folded behind the back and the proper left arm is raised and the hand is grasping the lapel of the jacket at chest level.
- The sculpture is a copy of the Saint Gaudens original in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The monument was dedicated to Long Beach by the Civil War Veterans in 1915. (Press Telegram 9/25/82)
- The sculpture weighs 2400 lbs. and the pedestal weighs 7 tons. ("The Lincoln Statue" by Loretta Berner, March 1989. A member of the historical society of Long Beach.)