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Pediment of the Capitol Building

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Pediment of the Capitol Building

pediment of State CapitolThe Kentucky State Capitol boasts an impressive collection of public art, starting with the Capitol Building itself. Dedicated in 1910, the Capitol combines elements of classical Greek architecture with highly ornate French styling in a Beaux Arts style. The pediment of the front portico, designed by Charles Niehaus and carved by Australian sculptor Peter Rossack in 1909, is richly sculpted with allegorical figures. The central female figure represents Kentucky, and she is surrounded by her attendants: Progress, History, Plenty, Law, Art, and Labor. The historic photo below shows the scaffold that was built for the workmen who carved the pediment figures from a block of Indiana limestone in place above the columns of the portico.


Symbolism in the Pediment

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Title Pediment on the State Capitol
Artist Charles Henry Niehaus
Date 1909
Location On Front of the State Capitol
Address 700 Capitol Avenue
City Frankfort
State Kentucky
Zip 40601
Medium Indiana limestone
Site Management Kentucky Division of Historic Properties
Site Link Click Here
 


 

 

 

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