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Bridgeport, CT – The City of Bridgeport has recently obtained funding that will allow for the restoration of the Perry Memorial Arch located at the entrance of Seaside Park. With over 100 years of history, the archway was constructed in 1918 underneath the creative direction of Henry Bacon, who was also responsible for the design of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Perry Memorial arch was designed as a tribute to William Perry, a former superintendent of the Wheeler and Wilson sewing machine company that once was based in Bridgeport during the latter half of the 1800s. Perry also served as the president of the Parks Board Commission in Bridgeport, to which his will funded the constructing of the archway leading into Seaside Park.

“There are a few historical landmarks within Bridgeport, and the Perry Memorial Archway is certainly one of them,” stated Mayor Ganim. “With its rich history honoring a former Bridgeport resident, the archway signifies more than just a dedication to William Perry but symbolizes a nostalgic and sacred experience for many Bridgeport residents. When anyone enters Seaside Park, the archway is the first thing that people see; I think this tall structure is worth preserving for as long as we possibly can.”

Since its construction, the nearly 50-feet tall archway has experienced years of gradual deterioration which led to the current initiative to restore a part of the City’s history. With this initiative, the funding that was recently obtained will be paired with already-matched funds to restore the arch. The goal for the granite structure is for a hired private contractor to perform roof, wall, and foundation repairs during the Spring of 2024.  

“The William Perry Memorial Arches have suffered structural damage over the years. The improvements needed will continue to show our dedication to improving the Park City,” stated Joe Tiago, Deputy Director of Public Facilities. “The archway is a key landmark for many Bridgeport residents; it would be great to see the monument receiving restorative work so that it can continue to serve as a gateway into Bridgeport’s largest park.”

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Landscape photo of Perry Archway at the entrance of Seaside Park