The Welles Monument features a bronze figure in flowing gown and holding a small wreath signifying memory. The statue, marked on the right side of the base, is by Carl Conrads, New England Granite Works’ house sculptor.
Carl Conrads, Sculptor
Born in Germany, Carl Conrads graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich before arriving in New York City in 1860. After serving in the Union Army from March 1861 to June 1863, Conrads moved to Hartford to work with James Batterson, owner of New England Granite Works. Conrads, who was employed as house sculptor from 1866 to 1903, joined the firm as it prepared for the post-Civil War demand for cemetery and other monuments.
With generous public support, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation preserved the bronze in 2006.
To learn more about the Welles Monument preservation project, click here.
The Foundation raises funds to preserve Cedar Hill Cemetery’s historic memorials. To learn more about our preservation activities visit our Monument Fund page.