Located near the entrance to the Steve Faloon Trail, this memorial to George Westinghouse has been a distinctive feature of Schenley Park since its dedication in 1930. Originally financed by small donations from over 55,000 Westinghousese employees, it encompasses history, art, and natural beauty.
Architecture and Statue
Architects Henry Hornbostel and Eric Fisherwood designed the monument and the surrounding landscape, including the pond, trees, and location of black granite benches. They chose sculptor Daniel Chester French to design the sculptures, including the bronze “The Spirit of American Youth,” the figure of a young man taking inspiration from the life of Westinghouse, which was described by art critics as “the finest portrayal of American boyhood.” The center portion of the monument depicts Westinghouse between a mechanic and an engineer. The surrounding panels were created by French’s collaborator, sculptor Paul Fjelde, to illustrate Westinghouse’s achievements.
Landscape and Restoration
Before there was a Westinghouse Memorial, there was a Lily Pond fed by the Phipps Run stream on its way to Panther Hollow Lake. After the memorial was built, the pond continued to receive its water entirely from this natural source. But the frequent storms proved too damaging to the pond, so the stream was eventually placed in a pipe running beneath the pond. Drinking water was used to fill the basin. Somewhere along the line, a fountain was installed to aerate the pond and prevent algae growth, completing its transformation to an artificial water feature.
The pond drained in 2009 due to multiple infrastructure failures that require more than temporary repair, and the monument and surrounding landscape are in desperate need of restoration. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is working collaboratively with the City of Pittsburgh to accomplish a restoration plan to include work on the pond feature, landscaping, lighting, and native plants. Before work can begin, funds must be raised for the necessary repair and restoration work and for a perpetual maintenance fund to protect the memorial once it is restored.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the restoration, visit our Donate page and select the Westinghouse Memorial in your designation.