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President’s Room Chandelier

Overview 

This bronze chandelier provides light for the President's Room of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Cornelius & Bake
Artist

Bronze chandelier with allegorical statuettes
President's Room
U.S. Capitol

Hanging in the center of the President's Room is an elaborate 18-arm bronze chandelier embellished with allegorical statuettes mingled with figures of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. It was made by Cornelius & Baker in 1864 and cost $900. All other gas-burning chandeliers were removed from the U.S. Capitol Building following the gas explosion in 1898, but this one survived by being electrified.

Last Updated: June 28, 2019