Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sculptures of Springfield: George Washington Statue (Replica)

Interesting Places I've Visited
George Washington Statue (Replica)
Springfield, MA
Topic: Sculptures of Springfield

GPS: N42° 05.279; W072° 33.566

Quick Description: 

An untitled statue of George Washington is located at the large Holy Name Church complex on Dickinson Street in Springfield.

Long Description:

The Holy Name Church and School complex is composed of five buildings and four statues on half a square block in the Forest Park section of Springfield. While three of the statues, as would be expected are religious, the fourth and largest is a larger-than-life statue of a standing George Washington.

In front of the school on Dickinson Street is the metal statue of George Washington standing upright on a granite base. His right hand is resting on a walking stick and his left is resting on a bundle of fasces, a Roman symbol of authority. The statue itself has no inscription or title, however a maker's block is inscribed: "A. Daprato Co. Church Statuary Boston, Mass". The statue dated back to about 1910 when the Holy Name Church was serving the Irish residents of Springfield with over 2000 parishioners.

Untitled sculptures can be a challenge. This one was easy; but where did I see it before? It happens to be a copy of the famous marble statue of George Washington in the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond and the bronze copy in the rotunda of the United States Capitol. 

Holy Name School
323 Dickinson St.
Springfield, MA United States

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