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Rare Photos of the Statue of Liberty Being Built in 1883

Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris

Head of the Statue of Liberty
on display in a park in Paris

Assembling the Statue of Liberty in Paris

Assembling the Statue of Liberty in Paris

Assembling the Statue of Liberty in Paris, with the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding

Assembling the Statue of Liberty in Paris,
with the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding

Scaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty

Scaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty

The external area of the workshop in Paris, including construction materials and the Statue head

The external area of the workshop in Paris,
including construction materials and the Statue head

Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty

Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the
left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty

Men at work on the construction of the Statue of Liberty

Men at work on the construction
of the Statue of Liberty

The workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background

The workshop, with models of the
Statue of Liberty in the background

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Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty

Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty

 

Designed by Frédéric Bartholdi in collaboration with the French engineer Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for its frame) and dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty is a large neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

The project was a joint effort between the French and American peoples. The French would provide the statue while the Americans would provide the site and build the pedestal.

The Statue of Liberty stands at a height of 151 feet 1 inch (46 meters). From ground to torch it is 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters) tall. It is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Below you will find a gallery of rare photos of the Statue of Liberty under construction in 1883. The images are part of the New York Public Library’s Photography Collection.

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