Titanic Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
Titanic Memorial in 2019
|Location||Fourth and P Sts., SW, Washington, D.C.|
|Nearest city||Washington, D.C.|
|Architect||Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and John Horrigan|
|Architectural style||Classical statue|
|MPS||Memorials in Washington, D.C.|
|NRHP reference No.||07001060|
|Added to NRHP||October 12, 2007|
The Titanic Memorial is a granite statue in southwest Washington, D.C., that honors the men who gave their lives so that women and children might be saved during the RMS Titanic disaster. The thirteen-foot-tall figure is of a partly clad male figure with arms outstretched standing on a square base. The base is flanked by a square exedra, created by Henry Bacon, that encloses a small raised platform. The statue was erected by the Women's Titanic Memorial Association.
The memorial sits at Fourth and P streets, SW, in Washington Channel Park next to the Washington Channel and Fort Lesley J. McNair. It was designed by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who won the commission in open competition, and sculpted by John Horrigan from a single piece of red granite furnished from Westerly, Rhode Island, by the Henry C. Smalley Granite Co. It was unveiled May 26, 1931, by Helen Herron Taft, the widow of President Taft.
Originally located at the foot of New Hampshire Avenue, NW in Rock Creek Park along the Potomac River, the monument was removed in 1966 and placed into temporary storage to accommodate the Kennedy Center. The memorial was re-erected without ceremony in 1968 at its current location.
The French government purchased a replica of the head of the memorial, carved in marble, which it exhibited in Paris in 1921. Currently, this replica is housed in the Musée du Luxembourg.
TO THE BRAVE MEN WHO PERISHED IN THE
APRIL 15 1912
THEY GAVE THEIR
LIVES THAT WOMEN
MIGHT BE SAVED
ERECTED BY THE
WOMEN OF AMERICA
TO THE YOUNG AND THE OLD
THE RICH AND THE POOR
THE IGNORANT AND THE LEARNED
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES NOBLY
TO SAVE WOMEN AND CHILDREN
|Titanic Memorial, C-SPAN|
- Presenter: Richard Norton Smith (25 January 2013). "Titanic Memorial". American History TV. Episode 310623–1. C-SPAN. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
- Jay, Peter A. (6 January 1966). "Titanic Statue Headed for Mothballs While Search Goes On for New Site". The Washington Post.
- "Women's Titanic Memorial". Great Lakes Titanic Society. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Titanic Memorial (Washington, D.C.).|
- Women's Titanic Memorial, Great Lakes Titanic Society
- Links to Photographs Showing Carving of the Women's Titanic Memorial, Quincy, Massachusetts Public Library
- Alternate design
- Photographs at dcmemorials.com
- Save Outdoor Sculpture Survey.