Dewey Monument's Goddess Nike - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 37° 47.275 W 122° 24.451
10S E 552168 N 4182449
Quick Description: Statue of Goddess Nike atop the Dewey Monument located at the center of Union Square in downtown San Francisco.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/6/2017 6:48:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMW3TZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
The Dewey monument is dedicated to Admiral George Dewey and commemorates his victory in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. On May 23, 1901, President President William McKinley visited San Francisco to break ground for the monument. Six months later McKinley was assassinated and was succeeded by his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt. On May 14, 1903, Roosevelt officially dedicated the monument, which "commemorates the victory of Admiral George Dewey and the American fleet over Spanish forces at Manila Bay, the Philippines, on May 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War" and also is a tribute to the sailors of the United States Navy.

Robert Ingersoll Aitken was hired to sculpt a 9-foot (2.7 m) statue representing Nike, the ancient Greek Goddess of Victory in honor of McKinley and Dewey. The statue holds a trident that represents Dewey and a wreath that represents McKinley. Aitken hired Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to model for the statue.

Architect Newton Tharp designed the base and column within a budget of $45,000. The column, over 5 ft (1.5 m) in diameter and over 85 ft (25.9 m) in height, was assembled from individual blocks weighing 40,000 lb (18,144 kg). Timbers over 100 ft (30.5 m) long were shipped from Oregon to support the block and tackle system used to construct the monument. The column stands on a square base with inscriptions on each side.

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Time Period: Ancient

Epic Type: Mythical

Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art

Approximate Date of Epic Period: Not listed

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