Rochester Public Art by Richard MargolisAn Inventory of Rochester NY's Landmark Sculpture, Monuments, and Memorials


Fireman's Monument by H.S. Hebard

Fireman's Monument
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Location: Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1133 Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY (view Google map)
Size: 50 Feet Tall
Material: St. Johnsbury granite
Dated: 1880

Description: A uniformed figure atop a pedestal overlooking the fireman's section

Caption: The monument supervises the fireman's section of Mt. Hope Cemetery. Wendell Bayer, chief of the Rochester Fire Department from 1868 until 1881, was the model for this monument in Mt. Hope Cemetery. He was the first professional chief. Until that time volunteer firemen were as much social clubs as public servants. Bayer raised the standards and introduced discipline.

"The figure, is that of a fireman, wearing a fire hat, with coat on the left arm, in the attitude of rest on his return from a fire. The pose is excellent, and the figure is in every respect symmetrical. It is eight feet nine inches in height. The whole height of the monument is fifty feet. The lot or grounds have been nicely graded, with the intent to set out the monument and make it conspicuous."
(From the Democrat & Chronicle, September 9, 1880)


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