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TRIBUTES TO CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IN THE UNITED STATES

A Report on Columbus Monuments in American Cities
prepared by The National Italian American Foundation

California | Colorado | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Illinois | Indiana | Louisiana | Maryland | Massachusetts | Minnesota | Missouri | New Jersey | New York | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Virginia | Washington State | Wisconsin |

CALIFORNIA
Malibu type: bronze statue of Columbus on a concrete base covered with marble.
date established: 1992
artist: Ronald Bracci
donor: The Columbus Congress Committee
location:on Pepperdine University campus
cost: $100,000
special features: donors created a special fund to maintain the statue
Sacramento type: three-figure group of statues made of Italian marble
date established: 1883
artist: Larkin Goldsmith Mead
donor: D.O. Mills
location: in the State Capitol
cost: unknown
special features: Columbus explaining his theories to Queen Isabella.
San Francisco type: statue
date established: 1957
artist: Vittorio Colbertaldo
donor: unknown
location: Plaza in front of Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill
cost: unknown
special features: Columbus is standing and looking westward towards the Pacific Ocean with his cape flowing behind him.
COLORADO
Pueblo type: bust of Columbus on marble pedestal
date established: 1905
artist: Pietro Piai
donor: presented to the city by the Christopher Columbus Lodge
and the Columbian Federation of Italian Societies in the United States
location: Mesa Junction in front of main library
cost: unknown
special features: Pueblo is believed the first US city to declare Columbus Day a holiday
CONNECTICUT
Middletown type: granite statue of Columbus
date established: 1996
artist: Jerry Williams & Richard Lagana
donor: The Columbus Quincentennial Committee of Middletown
cost: $60,000
location: Columbus Point at Harbor Park
special features: larger-than-life size statue of Columbus on a white granite base. Total measures 12 feet high, weighs more than eight tons.
New Haven type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1892
artist: unknown
donor: The United Italian Societies
cost: $1,500
location: Wooster Square (aka Columbus Green)
special features: in 1955 the statue was completely recast in bronze at a cost of $5,000. In 1992, monument received a memorial stone dedicated by the Greater New Haven Columbus Day Committee. Site of annual wreath-laying ceremony on Columbus Day.
Waterbury type: granite statue of Columbus
date established: 1984
artist: Frank C. Saylord Studio in Barre, Vermont.
donor: the Waterbury UNICO Club
cost: $45,000 ($25,000 statue, $20,000 base.)
special features: the 12-foot, 6-ton statue portrays a youthful Columbus with bobbed hair.
DELAWARE
Wilmington type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1957
donor: Order Sons of Italy & Knights of Columbus
artist: E. Giaroli
location: Pennsylvania Ave
cost: unknown
special features: maintained by privately funds from the local Columbus Day Committee
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
D.C. type: profile bust
date established: 1825-1827
artist: Antonio Capellano and Enrico Causici
donor: U.S. Government
location: U.S. Capitol Rotunda
cost: unknown
special features: sandstone relief in the wall, about 6' high by 18' wide
D.C. type: bronze statue 7 feet high
date established: 1897
artist: Paul Wayland Bartlett
donor: U.S. Government
location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Main Reading Room
cost: unknown
special features: cast by Henry Bonnard Bronze Co. In New York. Columbus stands gazing into the distance with his left hand grasping a set of maps while his right hand is open in supplication.
D.C. type: Painting entitled "The Recall of Columbus"
date established: 1882
artist: Augustus Heaton
donor: U.S. Congress
location: Senate Wing of U.S. Capitol, third floor, east corridor
cost: $3,000
special features: The oil painting on canvas is 4' 3" high x 7' 7" wide. Columbus on a white mule is shown in Feb., 1492, at the bridge of Pinos between Santa Fe and Grenada. A royal messenger has dismounted from his horse and handed a message to Columbus asking him to return to the royal court.
D.C. type: fresco lunette entitled "Columbus and the Indian Maiden"
date established: 1875
artist: Costantino Brumidi
donor: U.S. Government
location: Senate Wing of U.S. Capitol, first floor, west corridor
cost: unknown
special features: Columbus stands on a sandy beach with a small rowboat at his side. His ship is in the background. Columbus holds a map in his left hand. With his right hand he lifts a veil covering a native woman sitting on a large rock.
D.C. type: fresco frieze, 8' 4" high, 58' above the floor
date established: 1878
artist: Costantino Brumidi
donor: U.S. Government
location: U.S. Capitol Rotunda over the West Door
cost: unknown
special features: With a feathered hat in his right hand and a flag in his left hand, Columbus is looking skyward as he walks down a gangplank of the Santa Maria towards a group of natives.
D.C. type: statue group and fountain
date established: 1912
artist: Lorado Z. Taft (statue) & Daniel Burnham (fountain)
location: Union Station near Capitol Hill
donor: U.S. Congress & Knights of Columbus
cost: $100,000
special features: Columbus flanked by an Indian and a European man. Georgia marble; statue 15 feet high facing US Capitol. Site of international
wreath-laying ceremony with Embassies of Italy and Spain, Italian American organizations and general public on Columbus Day annually.
D.C. type: marble statue on a stone pedestal
date established: 1992
artist: unknown
donor: Lido Civic Club
location: Courtyard of Holy Rosary Church, 3rd and F Sts., NW
cost: $1,000
special features: Columbus holds a globe in his left hand and a cross in his right hand while standing next to a dock
D.C. type: bronze doors with bas-reliefs of scenes from Columbus's life
date established: 1860 (circa)
artist: Randolph Rogers in Rome; cast by Ferdinand von Miller in Munich
donor: U.S. government
location: east entrance to U.S. Capitol Rotonda
cost: $30,000 (in 19th century dollars)
special features: 19 feet high; 9 feet wide, weigh 10 tons, modeled after Lorenzo Ghiberti's doors to the baptistry in Florence, Italy.
D.C. type: marble bust
date established: 1817
artist: Giuseppe Ceracchi
donor: U.S. Government
location: White House Blue Room
cost: unknown
special features: bust modeled by 18th-century sculptor Giuseppe Ceracchi and then carved by others after his death in 1801; purchased for the White House in 1817
D.C. type: painting: "The Landing of Columbus in San Salvador"
date established: 1847
artist: Jonathan Van der Lyn(1776-1852), one of the earliest American artists
donor: unknown
location: in the Rotunda
cost: unknown
special features: painting inspired an 1892 U.S. postage stamp, honoring the 400th anniversary of Columbus's first voyage.
D.C. type: statue group "The Discovery of America"
date established: 1836
artist: Luigi Persico
location: Displayed in U.S. Capitol 1836 - 1844; in storage since 1958.
cost: unknown
special features: 16-foot high tableau of Columbus with an Indian woman
D.C. type: fresco of a seated Columbus, wearing a cape and touching a globe mounted on a column
date established: 1859
artist: Costantino Brumidi
location: U.S. Capitol, The President's Room, Senate Wing, Office S-216
cost: $ 1,000
special features: approximately 5 feet high by 3 feet wide
D.C. type: Mural of Columbus Coat of Arms
date established: 1938
artist: Buell Mullen
donor: Hispanic Society of America
location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Hispanic Room
cost: unknown
special features: large wall mural on stainless steel
FLORIDA
Fort Lauderdale type: bronze statue of Columbus
date established: 1987
artist: Enzo Gallo
donor: the Italian American Chamber of Commerce
location: Port Everglades
cost: unknown
special features: statue stands in an international flag pavilion. Site of annual Columbus Day ceremonies.
ILLINOIS
Chicago type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1892
artist: Howard Kretchmer
donor: unknown
location: lakefront
cost: unknown
special features: erected for 1892 Chicago World's Fair then moved to present location
Chicago type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1933
artist: Carlo Brioschi
donor: Italian citizens of Chicago
location: Grant Park, Columbus Park at Roosevelt Road.
cost: unknown
special features: portrays Columbus as mystical figure, surveying horizon
Chicago type: bronze statue of Columbus
date established: mid-1890's (circa)
artist: Moses Ezekiel (1893); restored by Stephen Roman (1966)
donor: Columbus Statue Committee & Municipal Art League of Chicago
location: Columbus Plaza, Polk & Loomis Streets
cost: unknown
special features: nine-foot bronze statue cast in Rome in 1893; commissioned by owners of the Columbus Memorial Building, formerly on State & Randolf Streets.
Chicago type: memorial plaza
date established: 1966
artist: Stephen Roman, architect/designer
donor: Columbus Statue Committee, Chicago's Italian American community, city agencies
location: Loomis & Polk Streets in Chicago's Little Italy
special features: Columbus Memorial Plaza built as site for Columbus statue (see prior entry). Italian Americans raised $10,000 in 1967 to maintain the statue. Annual ceremony on Columbus Day.
Chicago type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1893
artist: unknown
donor: W.H. Mullin
location: Fire Station 51, Wentworth Avenue
special features: exhibited at Chicago World's Fair Columbian Expo of 1892; then donated to honor firemen who died putting out a fire at the Expo.
University Park type: carillon tower
date established: 1992
artist: Virginio L. Piucci (designer) & Wade Abels (architect)
location: Governors State University
cost: $150,000
special features: bell tower with three bronze bells & a 61-bell carillon system. Large bronze plaque portraying Columbus and his ships, plaque with the names of donors
INDIANA
Indianapolis type: bust of Columbus on a limestone pedestal with inscribed bronze tablet
date established: 1920, renovated 1955
artist: Enrico Vittori
funded: by Italian immigrants in Indiana
location: Indiana State House
special features: bust cleaned and new bronze tablets installed in 1955; a third plaque installed in 1992 - all courtesy of the Knights of Columbus
LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge type: 10 feet statue of white Carrara marble
date established: October 11, 1992
artist: Franco Alessandrini
funded: Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association Inc.
location: Maritime Plaza
special features: Columbus holds a navigation instrument in his right hand; left hand rests on his sword, a symbol of strength and determination.
MARYLAND
Baltimore type: stone obelisk
date established: 1792
artist: unknown
donor: French Consul to Baltimore, Chevalier Charles D'Annemour
location: originally on his estate; moved to the Samuel Ready Institute in the 1960s
(North Ave & Harford Road in Baltimore.)
cost: unknown
special features: BELIEVED TO BE THE OLDEST EXTANT MONUMENT TO CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IN THE U.S.
Ocean City type: marble plaque, U.S. flag and flag pole
date established: 1988
donor: Sons of Italy Lodge 2474
location: Northside Park
cost: $2,000
special features: flag had flown over U.S. Capitol. Site of yearly Columbus Day ceremony.
MASSACHUSETTS
Boston type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1849 (circa)
artist: unknown
donor: believed to be Marquis Niccolo Reggio, an Italian businessman & consul
in Boston for the Papal States, Spain, and the kingdoms of Sardinia and of the Two Sicilies.
location: Louisburg Square
cost: unknown
special features: BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST STATUE HONORING CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS IN THE U.S.
MINNESOTA
St. Paul type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1931
artist: Carlo Brioschi
donor: Minnesota State Federation of Italian American Clubs
located: State Capitol grounds
cost: unknown
special features:
MISSOURI
St. Louis type: bronze larger-than-life statue on granite pedestal
date established: 1886
artist: Ferdinand von Miller of Munich, Germany. (1813-1887)
donor: Henry D. Shaw
location: Tower Grove Park
special features: FIRST BRONZE STATUE OF COLUMBUS IN THE U.S. Also believed to be the only statue in the US of a bearded Columbus, a feature added at the insistence of the donor. A rumor has it that objecting, the sculptor carved on the statue: "I knew he didn't have a beard."
NEW JERSEY
Liberty State Park type: "La Vela Di Colombo" three-story bronze sail of Columbus with bas-reliefs of scenes from his life, erected in new Christopher Columbus Plaza
date established: October 9, 1998
donor: Italian Government (sail); the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens' Foundation, private donations (erection on the site)
artist: Gino Giannetti
location: overlooks the New York/New Jersey Harbor
cost: $500,000
special features: ONE OF THE NEWEST MAJOR CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS MONUMENTS IN U.S. AS OF 1999.
Newark type: larger-than-life-size statue of Columbus
date established: 1972
donor: the Italian Tribune News
artist: Buttura & Sons of Barre, VT.
location: Bloomfield Ave & North 8th St.
cost: $25,000
special features: statue is seven feet tall and stands on a granite pedestal, a portion of which is reserved for the names of veterans.]
Scotch Plains type: Abstract art monument - white Carrara marble with a marble base consisting of a hand, holding a sphere sculpted in white Carrara marble, half solid, representing land, and half consisting of a stainless steel grid enclosing three sails, representing ocean.
date established: Oct 12, 1998
location: Municipal Building, 430 Park Ave.
artist: Lenox Brown (designer); Gheorghi Filin (sculptor)
donor: Local chapter of UNICO; the Italian American Club of Scotch Plains, and the Knights of Columbus - Reverend John S. Nelligan Council 5730 Scotch Plains, NJ
cost: $19,000
special features: Weight 3.5 tons; Height 8 feet; sculpted in Carrara, Italy.
NEW YORK
Huntington type: bronze statue of Columbus
date established: 1986
artist: unknown
donor: Sam Albicocco, local businessman
location: Main Street
cost: unknown
special features: When the city donated the statue, Mr. Albicocco bought the land, erected the statue, and established a maintenance fund at his own expense.
The Bronx type: marble bust on granite pedestal.
date established: 1925
artist: Attilio Piccirilli
donor: unknown
location: D'Auria Murphy Square (East. 183rd Street & Crescent Ave.)
cost: unknown
special features: SCULPTED BY ONE OF THE FIVE PICCIRILLI BROTHERS, WHO CARVED THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC.
Brooklyn type: marble life-size statue of Columbus
date established: 1867
artist: Emma Stebbins
donor: unknown
location: Columbus Park (until 1971 was in Cadman Plaza)
cost: unknown
special features: stands in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court building
Manhattan type: marble statue of Columbus on granite column with bronze reliefs; fountain
date established: 1892 (restored 1990)
artist: Gaetano Russo
donor: Italians in U.S. through subscriptions raised by newspaper,
Il Progresso Italo-Americano
location: Columbus Circle.
cost: unknown
special features: CONSIDERED THE MOST MAJESTIC MONUMENT TO COLUMBUS IN THE U.S. [Height: 75 feet (statue: 14 feet)]
Manhatten type: over-life size statue of Columbus as "Genoa"
date established: 1907
artist: Augustus Lukeman
donor: New York City government
location: The U.S. Customs House in lower Manhattan's Bowling Green
cost: unknown
special features: Columbus is one of 12 statues symbolizing international seafaring and commercial powers on the building's facade.
Manhatten type: bronze statue on granite base
date established: 1894 (repatinated 1993)
artist: Jeronimo Sunol
donor: prominent New Yorkers at behest of General Grant Wilson
location: Central Park at 65th Street
cost: unknown
special features: A REPLICA OF MADRID'S COLUMBUS MONUMENT
Queens type: bronze statue on cast stone base
date established: 1936
artist: A. Racioppi
donor: unknown
location: Astoria Blvd and 32ndStreet
cost: unknown
special features:
PENNSYLVANIA
Boalsburg type: Columbus Family's Chapel
date established: 1912
artist: Theodore Davis Boal
donor: The Boal Family
location: Boalsburg (90 miles from Harrisburg)
cost: unknown
special features: COLUMBUS RELICS, INCLUDING HIS DESK; COLUMBUS FAMILY PAPERS DATING FROM 15TH C.; & CROSS COLUMBUS USED TO CLAIM NEW WORLD FOR SPAIN
Bristol type: bronze on granite base
date established: 1992
artist: Joseph E. Pavone
donor: Pennsylvania State Council of Art and the Italian Community
location: Lions Park on the Delaware River
cost: $150,000
special features: floor of base designed as a compass to include all the world's people who came to America; inscribed on a block are the names of the individuals who contributed money towards the monument
Bryn Mawr type: bust of Columbus
date established: 1952
artist: Giuseppe Donato
donor: Italian Americans Columbus Memorial Committee
location: Bryn Mawr & Lancaster Avenues
cost: unknown
special features: In 1992, a second marble plaque was installed to commemorate the quincentenary.
Chester type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1955
artist: Antonio Venditti
donor: October XII Lodge No. 486 of Order Sons of Italy in America
location: Market Square
cost: unknown
special features: portrays a Columbus kneeling westward
Easton type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1930
artist: Giuseppe Donato
sponsor: local Italian Americans
location: Riverside Park, on the banks of the Delaware River
cost: $13,000
special features: nine-foot tall bronze statue on a 10-foot granite pedestal
Philadelphia type: memorial obelisk
date established: 1992
artist: unknown
donor: the America 500 corporation.
location: Christopher Columbus Blvd (Spruce & Dock Streets)
special features: three-sided with different inscriptions on each side of the pedestal
Philadelphia type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1876
artist: unknown
donor: gift of Italian Americans to celebrate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence.
location: Marconi Square; on the west side of the South Broad Street Parkway below Oregon Street. Statue was originally located in West Fairmount Park and was moved to its present location in 1982
cost: unknown
special features: THE FIRST STATUE OF COLUMBUS IN THE U.S. FUNDED ENTIRELY BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION.
Pittsburgh type: bronze statue of Columbus on pedestal, surrounded by fountains
date established: 1958
artist: Frank Vittor
donor: Sons of Columbus in America & friends
location: Schenley Park, Oakland section
cost: $500,000
special features: statue restored in 1992 for $150,000. Funds raised from local Italian American groups. Statue vandalized in 1997 and again restored
Pittston City type: marble statue of Columbus
date established: 1948 (circa); replaced in 1969
artist: unknown
donor: the Columbus League of Luzerne County (now called the Italian American Association of Luzerne County. )
location: south end of Pittston City
cost: unknown
special features: twelve-foot tall statue of Columbus wearing navigator's attire, and standing near a ship's anchor. Dedicated to all Italian immigrants.
Reading type: bronze statue of Columbus on marble pedestal with bronzewith four bronze bas relief tablets w/scenes from his life
date established: 1925
artist: Vincenzo Miserendino
donor: the United Italian Societies of Reading and Berks County
location: City Park
cost: $10,000
special features: statue is 8 feet tall on a 10 foot pedestal (19 feet total) bas reliefs stolen by vandals and replaced by Italian American groups in 1991 when statue was refurbished.
Scranton type: statue of Columbus
date established: Oct 12, 1892
artist: Frank Carlucci
donor: local Italian Americans
location: In city's main square(Court House Square)
cost: unknown + refurbishing cost $15,000 in 1992
special features: oldest statue in city's main square; statue placed with Columbus pointing west; re-dedicated on Oct. 12, 1992 after refurbishing.
PUERTO RICO
San Juan type: Marble statue atop column
date established: unknown
artist: unknown
donor: unknown
location: old part of city
cost: unknown
special features: Columbus is standing with a flag in his left hand and a globe in his right hand.
RHODE ISLAND
Newport type: life-size bronze statue of Columbus
date established: 1953
artist: unknown
donor: local Italian American groups
location: Memorial Blvd
cost: unknown
special features:
Providence type: bronze statue of Columbus on half-ton marble base
date established: 1893
artist: Frederic Auguste Bertholdi
donor: Christopher Columbus Committee
location: intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues
cost: unknown
special features: SCULPTOR CREATED STATUE OF LIBERTY. STATUE IS REPLICA OF A STATUE OF COLUMBUS CAST IN SILVER FOR 1892 COLUMBUS EXPOSITION IN CHICAGO. USING 30,000 OZ. OF SILVER, WAS LARGEST STATUE IN SILVER EVER MADE.
Westerly type: larger-than-life statue of Columbus
date established: 1949
artist: Charles Pazzano
donor: Columbus Day Society
location: Wilcox Park in downtown Westerly
cost: unknown
special features: height of statue - 8 feet
VIRGINIA
Richmond type: statue
date established: December 9, 1927
artist: Ferruccio L. Legnaioli
donor: Sons of Italy and Italians of Richmond
location: Byrd Park, South Boulevard Street
cost: unknown
special features:
WASHINGTON STATE
Walla Walla type: statue of Columbus
date established: 1911
artist: Roberts Monument Co. of Walla Walla
donor: 97 Italian Americans in Walla Walla
location: grounds of Walla Walla County Courthouse
cost: $1,000
special features: seven-foot statue on a twelve-foot pedestal.
WISCONSIN
Columbus type: colored plastic statue built to last 100 years
date established: 1992
artist: unknown
donor: Daniel & Rose Amato and the Columbus Museum
location: Quincentenary Park
cost: unknown
special features: it is an exact replica of the plaster statue which stood in front of the Administration Building at the World Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.
Columbus type: Columbus Museum
date established: unknown
artist: not applicable
donor: Daniel & Rose Amato
location: 239 Whitney St., Columbus, WI 53925
cost: unknown
special features: the museum contains many souvenirs from the World Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.]


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