The Col. Albert Pawling Memorial Statue Project 2013 – 2016
“From an acorn, to a mighty oak”
The idea to erect a statue of Col. Albert Pawling started as a dream envisioned by Adam Sanzone in 2009 on his daily walk to high school through the Congress Street & Pawling Avenue intersection. A few years later, with encouragement and support from Adam’s friend and mentor, Gary Pavlic, the Col. Albert Pawling Memorial Statue Committee was born. Through the hard work and dedication of the committee and the sculptor, Patrick Pigott, the statue was erected. The committee is sincerely grateful to all the donors who made it possible to raise over $68,000 to complete the statue project.
During this statue project, it was discovered that Troy’s predecessors had the same idea. In 1889, a statue of Col. Pawling was planned as a conclusion to Troy’s Centennial Celebration of its naming, but nothing materialized. In 1896, it was suggested by E. F. Murray, in a letter to the editor of the Troy Daily Times, to raise the funds for the erection of a statue that “…would be honoring and perpetuating the memory of our first mayor, who was a patriot, an honored public official and a good citizen….” In 1916, the idea resurfaced at a debate, where many people felt that a statue of Col. Pawling would be an appropriate monument to honor and celebrate the centennial of Troy’s incorporation as a city, but this never came to fruition.
After 127 years, the idea to erect a statue of Col. Albert Pawling is finally realized.
A letter from Troy Mayor, Lou Rosamilia, approving the project.
Note: the statue was originally planned to be located on the traffic island but, due to complications with pipings underneath, it was decided that the green space next to the island would be a more suitable location for the future monument.
Top Photograph by Adam Sanzone