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Capitol Columns

 
 
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By Tom Fuchs, March 2007
1. Capitol Columns Marker
Inscription. These 22 Corinthian sandstone columns were among 24 that were part of the east portico of the United States Capitol. Architect Charles Bullfinch oversaw construction of the portico using a design handed down by his predecessors, William Thornton and Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Completed in 1826, these columns provided the backdrop for presidential inaugurations from 1829 (Andrew Jackson) to 1857 (Dwight Eisenhower), and were the site of many speeches, protests and rallies.

In 1958 the columns were dismantled to make way for the east front extension of the Capitol, which is adorned with marble reproductions.

Restoration of the columns was made possible through the efforts of Ethel Shields Garrett and support from the Friends of the National Arboretum. Garden designer Russell Page selected and designed the new site which was completed and dedicated in 1990.
 
Erected by Procter & Gamble Co. through Friends of the National Arboretum.
 
Location. 38° 54.613′ N, 76° 58.084′ W. Marker is in Northeast, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Elipse Road, N.E. and Beechwood Road, N.E. Click for map. Marker
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By Tom Fuchs, March 2007
2. National Capitol Columns
is in the National Arboretum. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. National Capitol Columns (here, next to this marker); Sandstone Sculptures (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morrison Azalea Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Hub (approx. 1.1 miles away); Culture and Commerce (approx. 1.3 miles away); Clark Calvin Griffith (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mediterranean Imports (approx. 1.3 miles away); Enterprising Families (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Northeast.
 
More about this marker. The National Arboretum is located in the northeast section of Washington, DC, approximately ten minutes from the Capitol Building. There are two entrances: one at 3501 New York Avenue, NE (U.S. Route 50), and the other at 24th & R Streets, NE, off of Bladensburg Road. The Arboretum grounds are open every day of the year except December 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
 
Also see . . .  The United States National Arboretum. (Submitted on April 4, 2007.)
 
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National Capitol Columns image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 2007
3. National Capitol Columns
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By Tom Fuchs, March 2007
4. National Capitol Columns
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,577 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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