Doors of democracy

House Bronze Doors

The bronze doors at the east portico entrance of the U.S. Capitol’s House wing were designed by the American sculptor Thomas Crawford in Rome in 1855–1857.  

The models were shipped from Leghorn, Italy, in 1867 but remained stored in the Crypt of the Capitol until 1903, when they were cast by Melzar H. Mosman of Chicopee, Massachusetts. The doors were installed in 1905.

Each valve consists of three panels and a medallion depicting significant events in American history. More details are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/6512593605/in/album-72157628429510117/

Senate Bronze Doors   

These bronze doors were created for the east portico of the new Senate wing during the mid-nineteenth-century expansion of the Capitol. They were designed and modeled by the American sculptor Thomas Crawford in Rome in 1855–1857.

After Crawford’s death in 1857, William H. Rinehart was commissioned to complete the work and the models were shipped to America in 1864. They were cast by James T. Ames at his foundry in Chicopee, Massachusetts, in 1864–1868, and placed late in 1868.

Each valve consists of three panels, depicting events in the life of George Washington and Revolutionary War scenes, and an allegorical medallion. More details are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/6512520301/in/album-72157628429510117/

Blessings along the Way!

Ron

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