Civil War monument being repaired, cleaned
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- A fixture of Watertown’s Public Square is getting a facelift.
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, erected in 1891 as a tribute to those in Jefferson County who fought and died in the Civil War, is undergoing cleaning and repairs.
The Washington, D.C. based company, Conservation Solutions Inc., is replacing lead joints, re-pointing the stonework and replacing a missing sword on the bronze sailor figure.
Seventy-five percent of the nearly $100,000 repair costs is being covered by a state grant.
"You want to sort of keep the history that’s there, you want to reflect the history, a full restoration would be entirely clean the piece, entirely cleaning the bronze so you can actually see the age and the Kubrick that’s behind that, so you want to keep the history that’s there,” said Ezekiel Schladen, Conservation Solutions, Inc. Conservator.
The work started last week and is expected to wrap up by the end of this week.