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BPL Memorial Lions

Artist:

Louis St. Gardens

Location:

Boston Public Library - Copley Square  

Location

Boston Public Library - Copley Square
United States
42° 20' 57.9444" N, 71° 4' 37.4484" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Memorial

Year:

1894

Medium:

Marble

Collection:

Boston Public Library

Funders:

Massachusetts Volunteer Civil War Infantrymen

Description:

Just inside the front entrance of the McKim building is a grand marble staircase. On either side, there are statues of bold lions, sculpted by artist Louis St. Gaudens. The twin great lions were carved from blocks of Siena marble. Each is a memorial to the officers and men of a Massachusetts regiment in the Civil War — the Second Regiment on the right, the Twentieth on the left, as one mounts the stairs. The inscriptions on the pedestals contain lists of the battles in which the two regiments were engaged.

Images were provided by Wally Gobetz.

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