Crowning the United States Capitol is the Statute of Freedom by Thomas Crawford. The female figure, originally known as the Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace, is 19.5 feet tall and weighs 15,000 pounds (7.5 tons, 6,800 kg). In her right hand she grasps the pommel and grip of a sheathed sword. The shield of the United States is held steady in her left hand which also holds a laurel wreath.
Thomas Crawford created the full size plaster model of the statute in Rome, but he died in 1857 while the model was still in his studio. The six crates containing the plaster model all made it to Washington by March 1859. By late 1862 the statute had been cast in bronze in sections by Clark Mills, had been assembled and was on display on the capitol grounds. The last of the sections was installed in place atop the Capitol dome on December 2, 1963.
The plaster model is now on display in the Capitol Visitor Center. Click United States Capitol to see the StationStart.com entry about the United States Capitol.
The United States Capitol is located at 100 Constitution Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Statute of Freedom.
Closest Metro Station: Capitol South on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the United States Capitol.