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Sandstone Sculptures

 
 
Sandstone Sculptures Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, May 4, 2008
1. Sandstone Sculptures Marker
Inscription. The sandstone base and capital are from a Corinthian column that once graced the east central portico of the United States Capitol. The columns were dismantled in 1958 to make way for the east front extension, where marble reproductions now stand.

The sandstone for the columns came from quarries at Aquia Creek, Virginia. Architect Charles Bullfinch oversaw completion of the Capitol portico in 1826 using a design handed down by his predecessors, William Thornton and Benjamin Henry Latrobe. An Englishman, George Blagden, oversaw the stone cutters. Giovanni Andrei, a native of Italy, was in charge of the carvers: it took a carver 6 months to produce one capital.

The principal ornamentation on the bell-shaped capital is an Acanthus leaf, a plant native to the Meditteranean region. The plant may be found growing in the Dioscorides Garden at the National Herb Garden.

Proceed across the meadow to closely view the columns and reflecting pool.
 
Erected by Friends of the National Arboretum.
 
Location. 38° 54.58′ N, 76° 58.212′ W. Marker is in Northeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Eagle Nest Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Corinthian Capital image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, May 4, 2008
2. Corinthian Capital
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morrison Azalea Garden (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Capitol Columns (about 600 feet away); National Capitol Columns (about 700 feet away); The Hub (approx. one mile away); Culture and Commerce (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mediterranean Imports (approx. 1.2 miles away); Enterprising Families (approx. 1.2 miles away); Clark Calvin Griffith (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Northeast.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Corinthian Capital image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, May 4, 2008
3. Corinthian Capital
Capitol Columns image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, May 4, 2008
4. Capitol Columns
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,385 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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