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The Bronxville Eagle has become the most famous of all the Grand Central Station eagles. It was hidden behind a cluster of Azalea bushes in a Bronxville, New York residence backyard. The original owners of the eagle after its 1910 departure from the Grand Central Station are not know. What is known, however, is that the house where the eagle was located was built around 1927. There is a great chance that the eagle was on the property of a large, adjoining estate, which was later subdivided.

Contact with the property owners in 1995 (the property was sold many times) brought about a world of change for the very historic eagle. Laurie Hawk and Paul Grand Pre, the owners of the "Eagle Property" as some of the old Bronxville residents called it, donated the eagle to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, even after being offered $100,000 dollars from a dealer.
To do the restoration the MTA awarded the contract to Architectural Iron Company of Milford, Pennsylvania. On August 8th, 1997, AIC president Don Quick and Dan Schneider went to the North White Plains railroad shop and picked up the eagle. The eagle needed to be completely disassembled, parts of it recast, all parts sandblasted clean and restored, then coated with a primer, reassembled and painted with multiple finishing coats, as well as gold and palladium (silver) leaf.

Each Eagle stands nine high, with a wingspan of 14 feet and a weight of 4,040 pounds. Architectural Iron Company wanted realism and perfection in all respects. Although internationally known for ironwork, they are not experts in eagle coloration. Accordingly, AIC called upon the expertise of Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. Don Quick had left a message on the center's machine saying, "I have an urgent question about a bald eagle". Quick wanted to know what color to pain the eagle's tongue. For everyone's information, a bald eagle's tongue is pink.

Upon completion of the restoration, this eagle was transported by Architectural Iron Company to the present Grand Central Station where it stands four stories above the street at the new Lexington Avenue entrance to Grand Central. It is best viewed from the east side of the intersection of 46th Street and Lexington Avenue.

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Last Updated: 11/3/08

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