Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton joined Senator Roy Blunt, author Dr. Ronald White and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society to celebrate the 200th birthday of Ulysses S. Grant and the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Grant Memorial.
The memorial, sculpted by Henry Merwin Shrady over the course of 20 years, is the largest equestrian monument in the country and is one of the many priceless works of art that the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is dedicated to preserving.
"Across the Capitol, we are working hard to preserve these treasured monuments. Every day, I'm struck by the skilled work taking place by AOC employees who are preserving and maintaining these priceless works of art across the Capitol complex," said Blanton.
AOC assumed the care for the Grant Memorial in 2011. Over the past decade, we have undertaken a meticulous conservation effort to bring this monument back to its original splendor. In a combined effort by contractors and the AOC's talented in-house Construction Division team, we worked diligently to remove disfiguring corrosion and stains, restore missing or broken pieces, and refurbish the original marble so viewers can now appreciate the subtle details of the original sculpture.