Playmates Arch, along with the Dairy, the Carousel, the Zoo and the Chess & Checkers House, is in a part of Central Park once formally designated as the Children’s District. Its distinctive yellow and red bricks and beige voussoir blocks gave it the nickname “tri-colored arch.”

It is one of Central Park’s oldest decorative arches, built 1861 to a design by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, made of pressed brick with granite trim.

Playmates Arch has one side of its original railing remaining; the other side is a reasonable facsimile from 1989.

From: Bridges of Central Park

Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”



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