This captivating monument is in the midst of a meticulous conservation effort.

In 2016, disfiguring corrosion was removed; over 150 castings of missing or broken pieces, from swords to chain links, were reintegrated into the monument. The marble plinths were refurbished, with joints repointed and stains removed. This work on the bronze components and marble pedestals allow viewers to again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.

Grant Memorial: The Restoration of a National Treasure

With the restoration of the bronze statuary and upper plazas behind us, we have embarked upon the next phases of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial restoration. Work on the lower granite stone repairs has begun and completion is expected in 2020.

This work is being coordinated with U.S. Capitol Police and will have minor impact on the permitted photography in this area.


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Conserving the Grant Memorial

The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Curator for the Architect of the Capitol describes the restoration work on the bronze components and marble pedestals. When completed viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.

Recasting Missing Parts of the Grant Memorial

New pieces for the Grant Memorial are being cast in a Philadelphia foundry under the watchful eye of the conservator and the Architect of the Capitol team. On a recent visit, AOC employees observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.

Restoring Grant's Glory

Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.

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