Original Design for Statue of Freedom
The original by sculptor Thomas Crawford for the Statue of Freedom was not approved. ..This design featured a female figure wearing a wreath of wheat and laurel and was described by Crawford as, “Freedom triumphant—in Peace and War.” ..However, when he saw the drawing for the Capitol Dome, Crawford realized that his statue needed to be taller and stand upon a more prominent pedestal...Learn more about the design of the Statue of Freedom. ( http://www.aoc.gov/capitol-hill/other-statues/statue-freedom )
The history of the United States Capitol Building begins in 1793. Since then, the U.S. Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and restored. The Capitol that we see today is the result of several major periods of construction; it stands as a monument to the ingenuity, determination and skill of the American people.