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The National Capitol, Columns

These 22 original Corinthian columns carved from Virginia sandstone were among 24 that were at the east portico of the Capitol of the United States. The columns were completed in 1826 and were part of the Capitol for the Inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1829 until Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated in 1957.

In 1958, the columns were dismantled to make way for the east front extension of the Capitol which is now adorned with marble reproductions. Restoration was made possible for the original columns through the efforts of Ethel Shields Garrett and support from the National Arboretum. Garden designer Russell Page selected and designed the site for them to be placed at the National Arboretum.

The U. S. National Arboretum located at 3501 New York Avenue, NE in Washington, DC is a U. S. Department of Agriculture research and education facility. Established in 1927, it is a living museum. The arboretum is dedicated to improving our environment by developing and promoting improved floral and landscape plants and new technologies through research, educational programs, and display gardens.

The arboretum is beautiful at every season of the year.

It was difficult for me to decide which photo of the columns I wanted to post. The second one is posted in the workshop.

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