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The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Restoration

This captivating monument is in the midst of a meticulous conservation effort. In 2016, disfiguring corrosion was removed; over 150 castings of missing or broken pieces, from swords to chain links, were reintegrated into the monument. The marble plinths were refurbished, with joints repointed and stains removed. This work on the bronze components and marble pedestals allow viewers to again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.

With the restoration of the bronze statuary behind us, we have embarked upon the next phases of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial restoration. Work on the project continues on the south side of the plaza. All structural repairs and cracks are complete and the area is waterproofed. Currently, masons are repointing the joints here in the marble steps and a crane will be on site mid-September to reinstall the top marble steps. Additionally, the Tennessee marble pavers were inspected and will be replaced to match the existing stone.

This work is being coordinated with U.S. Capitol Police and will have minor impact on the permitted photography in this area.

Full project details, including photos and video, can be found at aoc.gov/grant.

Questions?

For additional questions related to this project, please contact Justin Kieffer.

Building: 
Capitol Grounds
Status: 
Ongoing
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Ulysses S. Grant
Grant Memorial
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