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Installing the Statue of Freedom

Installing the Statue of Freedom

The drawing on the left shows the final Dome design from 1859 with the statue in place. The detail on the right shows the scaffolding used to erect the Statue of Freedom in 1863 and the head being lifted into place.

Thomas U. Walter, “Elevation of Dome of U.S. Capitol,” 1859, and “Section Showing Scaffolding, Dome of U.S. Capitol” (detail), watercolor and ink on paper, 1863, Architect of the Capitol