John Ericsson

Statue: John Ericsson Location: West Potomac Park, 23rd Street and Ohio Drive, SW Sculptor: James Earle Fraser Dedication: May 29, 1926 Cost to Taxpayer: $35,000 One year after the death of John Ericsson a bill requesting $30,000 for a memorial to him was proposed in the Senate and referred to the House Library Committee. Apparently … Continue reading “John Ericsson”

Bartholdi Fountain

Bartholdi‘s Renaissance-style fountain of cast iron was first exhibited at the International Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Congress bought it a year later for $6,000. Its first location was at the base of Capitol Hill to the south of where the Grant Memorial is located. Later it was removed and stored. And in 1932 … Continue reading “Bartholdi Fountain”

John Paul Jones

Statue: John Paul Jones (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) Location: 17th Street and Independence Avenue, NW (Potomac Park) Sculptor: Charles Niehaus, New York Architects: Carrere & Hastings Unveiling: 3:00 p.m., April 17, 1912 Cost: $50,000 John Paul Jones was a Scottish sailor and the United States’ first well-known naval fighter in the American … Continue reading “John Paul Jones”

Garfield Statue

President James A. Garfield (March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881) Location: 1st and Maryland Street, S.W., on the western side of the Capitol Architect and Sculptor: John Quincy Adams Ward, Ohio Ceremony: May 12, 1887 Cost: $65,000 – Congressional appropriations of $30,000, and $35,000 from the Army of the Cumberland. The Garfield Statue was … Continue reading “Garfield Statue”