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Union Station: COLUMBUS, Christopher: Memorial Fountain (1912) in Washington, D.C.
by Lorado Taft, Daniel H Burnham (click name for more of that artist's work)
located in James M. Goode's Capitol Hill area (click link for more in that area)

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Columbus looks beyond the winged figurehead representing Discovery on the ship's prow. On his right, facing west, is an American Indian representing the New World. On his left, facing east (see image below), is an elderly man representing the Old World. Above him, supported by four eagles, is a sphere bearing the outline of the western hemisphere.
The Progress of Railroading statue visible in the background at roof level is that of Apollo.

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The three flagpoles represent the ships that carried the Columbus discovery party to the New World. Atop each pole an eagle perches on a small sphere (see image below).
The Progress of Railroading statues are visible in the background at roof level.

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Lions watch from each side of the fountain.

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The American Indian representing the New World faces west.

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The elderly man representing Europe or the Old World faces east.

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Isabella and Ferdinand are the Spanish monarchs who financed the expedition.
Queen Isabella is also memorialized at the O.A.S. building.


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The flagpole base

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TO THE MEMORY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WHOSE HIGH FAITH AND INDOMITABLE COURAGE GAVE TO MANKIND A NEW WORLD
BORN MCDXXXVI DIED MDIV
(1436 - 1504)

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More Info
See
James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 14 Item #1.01; Capitol Hill area);
'Outdoor Sculpture' (paperback p44 Item #A-1)

Medium: Marble
Artist: Lorado Taft, Daniel H Burnham (click name for more of that artist's work)
Related subjects: Christopher Columbus
Location: Massachusetts & Delaware Aves NW Washington, D.C. Union Station
See Capitol Hill area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Union Station (Red) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 76008069 (dcMem ID #30 )

Links & other sources
The Names of Washington D.C. (p38)
ADC Greater Washington, DC Street Map Book (4)
Columbus Celebration website
Wikipedia article on Columbus
Wikipedia article on Burnham
Columbus monuments website re Union Station
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures Columbus Plaza bowl (east)
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures Columbus Plaza bowl (west)
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures Columbus Plaza flagpoles

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