Illinois State Capitol - Illinois Welcoming the World Statue
Susan Rissi Tregoning
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Illinois Welcoming the World statue in the center 1st floor rotunda of the Illinois State Capital at Springfield.
This sculpture, by Julia M Bracken, was first displayed as a plaster statue in the Illinois Building at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, a World’s Fair held in Chicago. The sculptor was asked to reproduce it in bronze for inside the Capitol building. It was dedicated on May 16, 1895.
A 1962 newspaper article claims that Lillian Russel, one of the most famous American actresses at the time, was the model for the statue.
Illinois has had six capitol buildings, with three of them still in existence, one in Vandalia and two in Springfield. This is the final and current Illinois State Capitol building. Ground broke in 1868, and it took twenty years to complete in 1888 for a final cost of $4,315,591. It was designed by the Chicago architecture firm Cochrane and Garnsey in the Renaissance Revival/Second Empire style.
The Illinois State Capitol Building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
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August 30th, 2022
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