overlooks The Lake
in New York City
's Central Park
. It is on two levels, united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive to provide passage southward to the Elkan Naumburg
bandshell and The Mall
, of which this is the architectural culmination, the theatrical set-piece at the center of the park. The upper terrace flanks the 72nd Street Cross Drive and the lower terrace provides a podium for viewing the Lake. The mustard-olive colored carved stone is New Brunswick sandstone
, with a harder stone for cappings, with granite steps and landings, and herringbone paving of Roman brick
laid on edge.
is the central feature on the lower level of the terrace, constructed in 1859-64,Jean Parker Murphy and Kate Burns Ottavino, "The Rehabilitation of Bethesda Terrace: The Terrace Bridge and Landscape, Central Park, New York", Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology 18
The pool is centered by a fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins
in 1868 and unveiled in 1873. Stebbins was the first woman to receive a public commission for a major work of art in New......