Model of the Statue of Freedom Installed in A&I Rotunda

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Through the cooperation of the Architect of the Capitol, Hon. Edward Clark, the original full-size plaster model of the "Statue of Freedom" by sculptor Thomas Crawford which sits atop the dome of the United States Capitol Building is transferred from the basement of the Capitol to the United States National Museum building, now the Arts and Industries Building, and is installed in the Rotunda.


  • Clark, Edward 1822-1902
  • Crawford, Thomas 1813 or 14-1857
  • Architect of the Capitol)
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Statue of Freedom (Statue)
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1891, p. 10, 75
  • "Freedom Statue Leaves Rotunda", January -February 1967, TORCH, page 4.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


October, 1890


  • Sculpture
  • Statues
  • Rotundas

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