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Title Artist Date

 Alexander Petofi (Sandor Petofi)

Geza Kende (Sculptor; Original Bust), Gabriella F. Koszorus-Varsa (Sculptor; New Bust), Frank A. Spangenberg (Sculptor; Base)

Dedicated 7/4/1925, Replacement Bust Unveiled 1992


Medium Category

Bronze Bust on Engraved Pink Granite Base with Bronze Plaques



Unit Measure Object Height Object Width Object Depth Object Diameter
Feet 2.5 1.5 1 N/A
Unit Measure Base Height Base Width Base Depth Base Diameter
Feet 7 4 3 N/A


This bust sits atop a pink granite base engraved with the name "Petofi."  An older plaque reads: "Sandor Petofi (1822-1849) the poet of Hungary. He lived, sang, fought and died for liberty." A rededication plaque reads: "Sandor Petofi, the poet of Hungary, a hero of heroes who lived, fought, and died for liberty 1822-1849. Originally erected by the Hungarians of Buffalo and vicinity in 1924, rededicated by the Petofi Kor 1988."


Biographical Info.

A replacement bust was commissioned after the original bust went missing. The artist for the replacement bust was selected upon recommendation from the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary.


Location History

Location Purpose Date Verified Current Record
Riverside Park, between Niagara St. and Tonawanda St. Display December 2003 Yes

Conservation/Preservation History

Treatment Performed by Date Completed Previous Object Condition New Object Condition Previous Base Condition New Base Condition Current Record
Russell-Marti Conservation Services Inc. September 2002 Good Very Good Fair Fair Yes
Russell-Marti Conservation Services Inc. October 2000 Good Very Good Fair Fair No
Russell-Marti Conservation Services Inc. August
Good Very Good Good Good No
Russell-Marti Conservation Services Inc. August 1997 Fair Very Good Good Good No

Condition Survey History

Surveyed By Purpose Date Completed Object Condition Base Condition Current Record
University at Buffalo, School of Architecture and Planning Save Outdoor Sculpture Inventory and Condition Survey July 1992 Unknown- object missing Good No