Statue of Freedom Given to SI

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The "Statue of Freedom" plaster figure used to cast the statue atop of the United States Capitol Building designed by sculptor Thomas Crawford in Rome in 1856 is given to the Smithsonian Institution. The 19- 1/2 foot high statue first came to Washington, D.C. in 1858 and placed in the old hall of the House of Representatives, then in the basement of the Capitol, and in 1890 when it came to the Smithsonian it was placed in the Rotunda of the Arts and Industries Building where it remained until 1967.


  • Crawford, Thomas 1813 or 14-1857
  • Arts and Industries Building)
  • Statue of Freedom (Statue)
  • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Torch, 1-2/1967, p. 4

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December 15, 1890


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