Kenneth Lynch and Sons has nearly a century of expertise in fine craftsmanship, producing the highest quality of seating and garden elements for public parks and residential estates across the country. Our collections of high-quality products range from park benches and garden furniture to classical garden statuary and fountains. We’re excited to share some of the most famous places where you can find pieces produced by Kenneth Lynch & Sons.
1. Central Park
America’s most beloved and popular park is New York City’s Central Park, visited by millions of park goers each year. Kenneth Lynch & Sons has been involved in the production of benches for New York City since the 1930’s and we are proud to continue to be the preferred manufacturer of the benches of Central Park, including the 1939 World’s Fair Bench and the Central Park Settee - our most timeless and popular bench styles. Next time you’re in the city, be sure to take a moment to sit and enjoy watching the world go by.
2. The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building, once the tallest in the world, is an iconic landmark in New York City. On the 61st floor of the building, you can spot a set of Heroic Eagles created by Mr. Kenneth Lynch himself. Kenneth Lynch, known for talent in metalcraft and armor work, was commissioned to work on the eagles and used a method called repoussé, which is the art of hammering metal from the reverse side. The Chrysler Building was completed in 1930 and the eagles still remain there today.
3. Hermann Park
Hermann Park is one of Houston's oldest public parks, established in 1914. The park features numerous cultural institutions including the Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and outdoor theater, reflection pool, gardens, and even a golf course. In 2001, Kenneth Lynch & Sons worked with the Olin Partnership of Pennsylvania to create and produce the Hermann Park Bench for the park. Kenneth Lynch & Sons is excited to partner with Hermann Park once again for their latest project in the park called The Commons, which will include additional benches planned to be placed in 2023.
4. Troup Square
If you’ve ever visited Savannah's historic district, you may have strolled through Troup Square. Troup Square was established in 1851 in honor of George McIntosh Troup, a United States Senator and Governor of Georgia. At Troup Square, you can find the Armillary Sundial with Signs of the Zodiac produced by Kenneth Lynch & Sons. The sundial has a beautiful and highly detailed design with the signs of the zodiacs, sculpted by Gifford Proctor, and six turtles at its base. The sundial is made of silicon bronze and can be produced with a 4 foot or 6 foot diameter.
5. Flushing Meadow Park
In April of 1964, New York City hosted the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. A new bench style was specially designed for the World’s Fair, characterized by asymmetrical swooping arches to symbolize the futuristic style of the mid-20th century. The 1964 World's Fair Bench that is produced today by Kenneth Lynch & Sons is based on the original design. In addition to the benches, you can also find our chess tables and picnic tables at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
6. The Women's Monument
The Women's Monument opened in the fall of 2019 at Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia to commemorate the women in Virginia’s history who have made significant contributions to society. Kenneth Lynch & Sons worked closely with the design team to produce two custom pieces, the Bronze Sundial with a Northern Cardinal found at the center of the statues, along with the Virginia Creeper Railing that borders the monument. We are proud to have taken part in the making of the Virginia Women’s Monument to symbolize the importance of women in history.
7. Brennan’s Restaurant
If you’ve ever visited the historic French Quarter in New Orleans, you’ve likely had a meal at the legendary Brennan’s Restaurant. In 2013, Brennan’s completed a major restoration of the property. Kenneth Lynch & Sons worked with esteemed New York City interior designer, Richard Keith Langham, to create a new outdoor dining chair for the elegant courtyard area. The goal was to create a new stackable outdoor chair to fulfill the restaurant’s need for flexible storage, and our team was tasked with developing patterns for the backrest, seat and chair sides to accommodate this new design. The result is the stunning and practical Lattice Back Arm Chair. Next time you visit New Orleans, be sure to grab a bite at Brennan’s and take a seat in our Lattice Chair!
8. Coney Island
Coney Island is a destination for many New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors alike looking for a summer escape. In the early 1900’s, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States, attracting several million visitors per year to enjoy live entertainment, rollercoaster rides, boardwalk games, and of course, the beach. Next time you visit Coney Island, you can find our 1939 World’s Fair Benches along the boardwalk - a perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the ocean views.
9. Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park is home to the historic Washington Square Arch and known as a cultural center for gatherings and entertainment in lower Manhattan. If you visit Washington Square Park, you will find plenty of locals and visitors sitting around the square on the Hoof Bench, also known as City Hall Bench. The Hoof Bench was introduced into New York City in the late 1800’s and Kenneth Lynch & Sons produces the model that is still found at Washington Square Park today.
10. New York Welcome Centers
If you’ve ever driven through New York State and visited a Welcome Center, you can’t miss their enormous “I heart NY” signs. But if you look just past the beaming red heart, you will notice a weathervane in the shape of the state of New York. Weathervanes are one of our most customizable products, with countless design options and sizes. Next time you’re driving through New York State, make sure to look up and see if you can spot one of our iconic weatherwaves at one of the many Welcome Centers.
Honorable Mention: The Statue of Liberty
Kenneth Lynch & Sons is incredibly proud of our founder, Mr. Kenneth Lynch, who took part in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in the 1920’s.
In 1926, Mr. Kenneth Lynch was hired to work on the Statue of Liberty with the task of repairing leaks and restoring the historic statue thanks to his expertise in repoussé. While doing the work, he found the original French tools that had been used by the original Parisian builders of the statue. He was able to use these tools exactly as they were intended and at the completion of the project, Mr. Lynch placed the antique tools back where he found them. However, the contract Mr. Lynch had signed required the site to be ‘broom clean upon completion’ therefore the lieutenant overseeing the project insisted Mr. Lynch remove the French tools.
After many years, Mr. Lynch was finally able to communicate to the National Parks Service that these tools were artifacts that should be preserved. On April 3rd, 1982 the Parks Service celebrated “Kenneth Lynch Day” at the Statue of Liberty with hundreds of people attending to view a demonstration of the repoussé technique by Mr. Lynch.
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