Statue of George Washington moving across the Mall

Title

Statue of George Washington moving across the Mall

Description

Horatio Greenough's 1841 sculpture of George Washington has lived in 4 different locations on the Mall. Originally built for the US Capitol Rotunda, Congress did not like the statue and moved it outside to the east lawn 1 year later. Still unhappy with the statue, Congress transferred it to the Smithsonian for display at the "Castle" in 1908. It remained there until 1962, when Smithsonian staff moved the statue by crane across the Mall to the new National Museum of History and Technology. Staff had to remove a glass window and several bricks in the Castle to move the statue out of the building, because it was too large to fit through the doors.

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.

Date

9/6/1962

Coverage

Event Sort Date

19620906

Description

Horatio Greenough's 1841 sculpture of George Washington has lived in 4 different locations on the Mall. Originally built for the US Capitol Rotunda, Congress did not like the statue and moved it outside to the east lawn 1 year later. Still unhappy with the statue, Congress transferred it to the Smithsonian for display at the "Castle" in 1908. It remained there until 1962, when Smithsonian staff moved the statue by crane across the Mall to the new National Museum of History and Technology. Staff had to remove a glass window and several bricks in the Castle to move the statue out of the building, because it was too large to fit through the doors.

Creator

Horatio Greenough

Date

9/6/1962

Coverage

1950-1979

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.