New York Architecture Info

Statue of Liberty

Official name: Liberty Enlightening the World
Liberty Island
New York 07305
Basic Information
Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel
Type Monument
Maximum height 305 feet/92 meters
Neighborhood: New York Harbor
More Information
  • Bedloe's Island was named for Isaac Bedloe, the Dutch immigrant who settled there before it was purchased by the U.S. government for military use.
  • It is believed that the face of the Statue of Liberty was modeled after Charlotte Bartholdi, the sculptor's mother. It is believed that the statue bears the body of his wife's, Jeanne-Emilie Bartholdi. But the sculptor never confirmed these public suspicions.
  • While Bartholdi was responsible for the sculpture's skin, it was Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel who designed its supportive scafoolding.
  • The copper skin of the statue is about the same thickness as two pennies.
  • There are about a dozen people who live on Liberty Island full-time.
  • 1876: The statue's completed right hand and torch are on display at the Philadelphia Exposition while the rest of the statue is still being built in France.
  • November 5, 2000: Protesters took over the Statue of Liberty's head. One walked around outside while the others secured the interior. They hung flags from Puerto Rico and Vieques on the statue's crown to protest U.S. Naval exercises on the island of Vieques. Eleven people were arrested.
  • December 22, 2000: The torch was lit on a replica of the Statue of Liberty erected at the Fuji Television headquarters in Tokyo. It stands 34-feet tall on Tokyo Bay. It is only 25% the size of the one in New York, but larger than the one in Paris which was lent to Tokyo in early 2000. It proved such a hit that Fuji TV built their own.
  • August 23, 2001: A man tries to buzz the Statue of Liberty in a motorized parasail. He ends up getting stuck on the statue's torch and is arrested.
  • September 11, 2001: Liberty Island is closed to the public after terrorists attack the World Trade Center.
  • December 20, 2001: Liberty Island reopens to the public amid heightened security. The statue, itself, remains closed.
  • July, 2004: The statue partially re-opens to the public. Following millions of dollars in security upgrades, people are allowed onto the pedestal observation deck. The rest of the statue remains off limits.
  • July 4, 2009: The Statue of Liberty's crown once again opened to the public. At first, only 30 randomly chosen people an hour were allowed in. That number was later increased.