Saturday, July 19, 2008
Plaster Model of Independence Hall
In a side hallway of the Supreme Court, 1937 scale-model of Independence Hall, one of twenty-six hundred created during Pennsylvania’s State-Wide Museum Extension Project is also on display. Produced by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1787 ratification of the United States Constitution. They hoped to produce historically accurate models in 1/16” scale which would be reproduced in sufficient quantities for every school and local historical society in the country. Sculptors poured moulds and hundreds of plaster replicas were cast, painted, and then assembled. The replicas— each cast in ten separate sections— rolled off the assembly line to meet the deadline. Do you know of other WPA building replicas?