General Jose de San Martin Memorial

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General Jose de San Martin Memorial
General Jose de San Martin Memorial.jpg
General Jose de San Martin Memorial is located in Central Washington, D.C.
General Jose de San Martin Memorial
General Jose de San Martin Memorial is located in the District of Columbia
General Jose de San Martin Memorial
General Jose de San Martin Memorial is located in the US
General Jose de San Martin Memorial
Location Virginia Avenue NW and 20th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°53′48″N 77°2′44″W / 38.89667°N 77.04556°W / 38.89667; -77.04556Coordinates: 38°53′48″N 77°2′44″W / 38.89667°N 77.04556°W / 38.89667; -77.04556
Built 1924
Architect Augustin-Alexandre Dumont
Architectural style Classical revival
NRHP Reference # 07001059
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 12, 2007[1]
Designated  February 22, 2007

The General Jose de San Martin Memorial is an equestrian statue memorial of Argentine general and independence leader José de San Martín in Washington, D.C., United States.

The memorial is located at Virginia Avenue and 20th Street N.W. in the Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C., near the United States Department of State.[3]

Statue at Judiciary Square

The memorial was sculpted by Augustin-Alexandre Dumont beginning in 1924.[2] It is a replica of an original located at the Plaza San Martín in Buenos Aires.[4] The memorial was a gift to the United States from Argentina and was dedicated on October 28, 1925.[5][6] President Calvin Coolidge spoke at the dedication.[7] It was rededicated on October 6, 1976.[8]

Plaquette[edit]

Next to the memorial is a plaque with the following text:

JOSE de SAN MARTIN
FOUNDER OF THE ARGENTINE INDEPENDENCE
HE LED THE LIBERATING ARMY ACROSS THE ANDES
AND GAVE FREEDOM TO CHILE AND PERU
HIS NAME LIKE WASHINGTON'S REPRESENTS
THE AMERICAN IDEAL OF DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE AND LIBERTY[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites" (PDF). District of Columbia Office of Planning. April 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "de San Martin, General Jose, Memorial". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 20 February 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "San Martín, José de: Memorial east of the Tidal Basin near the State Dept in Washington, D.C.". DC Memorials. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "History of Judiciary Square". DC Courts. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "San Martin (Gen. Jose de) Park - Statue - Res. 106". National Park Service. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Unveiling of the statue of General José de San Martín, Washington, D.C., October 28, 1925". Argentina, Embajada, United States. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Address at the Dedication of a Monument to General Jose De San Martin Given by Argentina to the United States, Washington, D.C.". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "Liberador: General Jose de San Martin, (sculpture)". SIRIS
  9. ^ "SAN MARTIN, José de: Memorial east of the Tidal Basin near the State Dept in Washington, D.C.".