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The Statue of Freedom was sculpted in Rome by the American artist Thomas Crawford. Upon learning of the statue’s final height, architect Thomas U. Walter redesigned the dome, lowering it to accommodate the 19½-foot bronze sculpture and creating an inner dome with a canopy to hold a fresco by Constantino Brumidi.

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The Statue of Freedom

The Statue of Freedom was sculpted in Rome by the American artist Thomas Crawford. Upon learning of the statue’s final height, architect Thomas U. Walter redesigned the dome, lowering it to accommodate the 19½-foot bronze sculpture and creating an inner dome with a canopy to hold a fresco by Constantino Brumidi.

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