The 41st President
The George Bush Monument, a tribute to the 41st American president, is a public green space open without charge year-round.
The monument reflects the former president’s unique ability to balance historic accomplishment with personal approachability and kindness. The park is well-lighted and includes benches and paved footpaths.
Before serving as president from 1989 to 1993, President Bush served as vice president under Ronald Reagan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, chairman of the Republican National Committee, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. representative from Houston.
His eight-foot bronze sculpture by renowned artist Chas Feagan stands by a semicircular wall consisting of four bas-reliefs that depict him in various stages of his life. The wall and its benches invite visitors to sit and "visit" with the president. Two eagles symbolizing the presidency flank the backdrop of the monument, which was dedicated in December 2004.
The Bush Monument sits across the bayou from Baker Common, which honors former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and his family. Baker served under Presidents Bush, Reagan and Ford.
Visitors approaching on foot will find the stately green space in Sesquicentennial Park, on the west bank of Buffalo Bayou across from Wortham Center in downtown Houston. Motorists can park at metered spaces near the park entry at Bagby and Franklin Streets.