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Statue of Liberty National Monument

Liberty Island, New York, NY

Updated digital documentation of the Statue of Liberty was undertaken in summer 2019 by Heritage Documentation Programs (HDP) at the request of Statue of Liberty National Monument (STLI). Recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, "The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States dedicated on October 28, 1886. Venerable American architect Richard Morris Hunt designed the tall stone pedestal placed on the early nineteenth century Fort Wood structure in New York Harbor. The copper skin of the statue was ingeniously supported by an iron framework by French engineer Alexandre Gustav Eiffel. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933. The most recent field recording was completed by Paul Davidson (Project Supervisor and HABS Architect), Daniel De Sousa (HABS Architect), Dana Lockett (HAER Architect), and Ryan Pierce (HALS Architect), as well as student architects Lysanne Guerrios (Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico) and Christian Guzman (Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico). Madeline Webster (Ph.D. student, Boston University) served as project historian, with guidance from Lisa Pfueller Davidson (HABS Historian).

Visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument website for more information.

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