BREAK IT DOWN
Mister Rogers Statue
Following the 2003 death of beloved television icon Fred
Rogers, Cordelia May — philanthropist and heiress to the
Mellon fortune — commissioned a statue of her longtime
friend to be built through her Colcom Foundation. Completed
in 2009, the bronze sculpture that sits along the North Shore
makes Mister Rogers a permanent fixture in the neighborhood.
BY ALEXA MAVROGIANIS // PHOTO BY DAVE DICELLO
The famed artist was known for bronze
sculptures and monuments, which can
be found throughout the United States.
“Tribute to Children” was the last piece
he created before his death.
Total cost to build the piece. The Colcom
Foundation continues to pay for the
“Tribute to Children” was built on a
29In November 2015, a sound system was added to the site. Visitors can now listen to 29 musical compositions by Fred Rogers.
pier abandoned after the demolition
of the Manchester Bridge. Architect
Lou Astorino came up with the idea for
the location, to honor Rogers’ love of
Equating to 3. 5 tons, “Tribute to
Children” is plenty sturdy enough to
support anyone who chooses to sit on
Mister Rogers’ lap.
Total height of Mister Rogers’ immortalized figure.
Berks wanted to convey the “overwhelming awe”
children felt while watching Mister Rogers.
In 2011, artist Alicia Kachmar crocheted
a giant red sweater for the sculpture to
celebrate Rogers’ iconic wardrobe.
A SMILE’S THE STYLE
While the statue was in the process
of being built, Rogers’ widow Joanne
adjusted a tooth to make it look more
like her husband.
‘Tribute to Children’
Known by most as just the “Mister Rogers
statue,” the attraction’s official name is “Tribute
to Children,” to emphasize Rogers’ impact on the