Capitol Columns

Capitol Columns (HM5U9)

Location: Washington, DC 20002
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.613', W 76° 58.084'

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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.
HM NumberHM5U9
Placed ByProcter & Gamble Co. through Friends of the National Arboretum
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 329359 N 4308654
Decimal Degrees38.91021667, -76.96806667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.613', W 76° 58.084'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 36.78" N, 76° 58' 5.04" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 239-299 Ellipse Rd NE, Washington DC 20002, US
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