Washington DC, A to Z: Statuary Hall

As amazing as it is in this A-Z posting, today I am continuing our tour of the United States Capitol from where I left off yesterday. After touring the Rotunda we made our way to Statuary Hall.

According to Book a Tour of the Capitol  all tours of the U. S. Capitol include the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. (Unless one of them happens to be closed, like the Rotunda is now.)

My post for letter K,  included pictures of some of the statues from  National Statuary Hall collection. (It also included more information about the collection than I’m including here.) We saw six more statues in the Rotunda but I was too busy taking pictures of other things to take pictures of statues.

We spent some time  talking about the second statue provided by the state of Minnesota. Unlike the other Minnesotan honored with a statue, I had heard of Henry Mower Rice ( a very pretty park in St. Paul is named after him).

Henry Mower Rice
Frederick E. Triebel Artist
Given by Minnesota in 1916

A few  statues in Statuary Hall  caught my attention:

From left to right:

  • Standing next to the statue of Henry Mower Rice is a bronze statue of Jefferson Davis by Augustus Lukeman that was given by the state of Mississippi in 1931. A statue of Robert E. Lee is also in the collection.
  • This marble statue of Ethan Allen by Larkin G. Mead was given by the state of Vermont in 1876. This statue is much taller than other statues in the room.
  • This bronze statue of Father Junipero Serra was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by California in 1931. It is one of the statues in the collection most likely to be replace by one of a woman. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Click here to view the statues in this collection by name or state order or here to the view statues by location.


10 thoughts on “Washington DC, A to Z: Statuary Hall

  1. I was in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda years ago, but I need a refresher. It is a fascinating place. But gender equity, resulting in replacing that statue of Junipero Serra that was given in 1931? That's ridiculous!


  2. From the late 80s to 99, I went to DC every year for a conference that ended Friday afternoon. I'd always stay until Sunday, so until this trip my DC visit was always one day of tourist stuff.. But it's hard to choose what to do even if you have a week. It is helpful that so many things are free.


  3. The other statue from California is Ronald Reagan. I forgot who he replaced. I guess whatever woman they can raise enough private money to have a sculpture made and ship it to DC (and convince state legislature to approve.) I like the father too.


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