2. Madison Square Park

Marian and Tom Raikes in Madison Square Park in the Gilded Age
Photo: Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

From 1876 to 1882, the arm and torch of the future Statue of Liberty was on display in Madison Square Park, as a fundraising effort for the pedestal of the statue. This location becomes a meeting spot for two characters in The Gilded Age. The filming location for this scene in The Gilded Age is not inside the real Madison Square Park, but at Washington Park in Troy, New York.

Statue of Liberty Torch in Madison Square
The Statue of Liberty’s torch in Madison Square. Image via the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections

Before Madison Square Park, the torch was actually in Philadelphia for the World’s Fair (also known as the Centennial Exposition) in Fairmount Park from May 10 to November 10, 1876. For a $0.50 entry fee, fairgoers could climb to the balcony and the proceeds went to the funding of the statue. Bartholdi himself also came for the event. You can see Untapped New York founder Michelle Young speaking about the construction of the Statue of Liberty in the History Channel series The Engineering That Built the World.