This captivating monument recently underwent 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.

In 2019 eight bronze lamp posts were installed to replicate fixtures in place at the time of the memorial's 1922 dedication, and work on the lower granite stone was completed in 2020.

Grant Memorial: The Restoration of a National Treasure

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Lamp Posts Installed at Grant Memorial

Eight bronze lamp posts were recently installed by the Architect of the Capitol on the marble pedestal of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C. These posts are replicas of fixtures first designed and installed by Edward Pearce Casey, the architect for the memorial's pedestal.
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Before & After: Grant Memorial

The bronze conservation effort of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C., has come to a close, and now an astonishingly vibrant, emotional and detailed sculpture is revealed. See pictures of this restored monumental sculpture near the Capitol Reflecting Pool.
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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.
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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.

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