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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 1957 (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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture
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By Tom Fuchs, March 2007
2. National Capitol Columns
Government & PoliticsHorticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 38° 54.613′ N, 76° 58.084′ W. Marker is in Arboretum in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Elipse Road Northeast and Beechwood Road Northeast, on the left when traveling north. Marker is in the National Arboretum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3501 New York Avenue Northeast, Washington DC 20002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Capitol Columns (within shouting distance of this marker); Valeriana officinalis (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dianthus caryophyllus (about 600 feet away); Chichorium intybus (about 600 feet away); Origanum vulgare (about 600 feet away); Dianthus plumarius (about 600 feet away); Matthiola incana (about 600 feet away); Magnolia virginiana (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arboretum.
 
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.
 
National Capitol Columns image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 2007
3. National Capitol Columns
National Capitol Columns image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, March 2007
4. National Capitol Columns
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,697 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 4, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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