Hoosick Township Historical Society

Newsletter - February 2006

Editor: Phil Leonard
Museum Curator: Charles Filkins
Louis Miller Museum (518) 686-4682

Statue of Liberty Facelift in 1984

Hoosick Falls native , Richard S. Hayden, was the head architect responsible for the renovation of the nearly 100 year old Statue of Liberty.

He was 46 years old, and he had been involved with the design of the Trump Tower, renovations of the Bowery Bank, and other historic renovations.

He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy at the age of 15 in 1954. He took a one year post graduate course for architecture at the Hoosick Falls High School. His interest in architechture came from observing his late father, Joseph, who was a surveyor and operated a construction business. (Joseph was very active in the local community and was President of the School Board when I came to Hoosick Falls in 1957.) Richard Hayden attended Syracuse University School of Architecture where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. He graduated in 1960 and was employed as a civil engineer before working his way to the New York firm in which he is a principal partner The firm was chosen to renovate the Statue because of its excellent experience in historic preservation.

In an interview with the Standard Press in New York City, which was published on February 29, 1984, he gave much information about the Statue. “ The striking dimple in Miss Liberty’s cheek may be attractive feminine feature, but in reality it is a buckle in her copper complexion. We are going to design the statue to be more exciting, enjoyable and safer for visitors. The statue was originally designed as a light house and was not designed to foster a heavy tourist trade. The stairway was designed so that two or three men could climb to the torch to change the light in the torch.” The 225-ton statue was conceived by French sculptor Frederic Bartholdi in 1874 and given to the United States on October 28, 1886. The inside was designed by Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.” Mr. Hayden presently resides in Connecticut.

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