New Torch and Flame with Manhattan skyline in background, December 17, 1985. Statue of Liberty
New torch and flame with Manhattan skyline in background, December 17, 1985. Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island, Manhattan, New York, New York, NY.Statue of Liberty National Monument, photographed by Jet Lowe in 1985.
Building/structure dates: 1886 initial constructionBuilding/structure dates: 1972 subsequent workSignificance: Donated by citizens of France to celebrate Franco-American friendship, the Statue of Liberty is significant for its physical and symbolic characteristics. Richard Morris Hunt prepared the plans for the 89 foot high pedestal; French engineer Alexandre Gustav Eiffel sheathing. Many consider this frame noteworthy in itself, because its ability to support an irregularly-shaped structure subject to high winds. ... Symbolically, the Statue of Liberty reflects the political ideals of the late nineteenth century. It commemorates America's founding principles of liberty, freedom, and opportunity in America for all. More than sixteen million immigrants passed by the Statue of Liberty on the way to the Ellis Island Immigration Station.
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