Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Goddess of Progress

This is how the statue looked prior to the San Francisco 1906 earthquake compliments of the imagekind.com website.
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11 comments:

AVCr8teur said...

The statue of the Goddess of Progress was on top of the San Francisco City Hall dome. After the 1906 earthquake, the city hall building was severally damaged, but the statue remained intact on top of the dome. In 1909 when they removed the statue to demolish the building did the the statue fall on the ground and its head detached. Today, it is inside the museum section of the San Francisco City Hall.

Indrani Ghose said...

Quite powerful!
Interesting info.

Sukhmandir Kaur said...

I never knew there was a goddess of progress, How ironic a story. Suppose that's one kind of progress?

caite said...

what a shame she lost her head..

eileeninmd said...

What a story, sorry about the head being detached. Have a great day!

kulasa said...

a work of art that's many years older than me and tells a thousand tales...glad the head was at least saved and preserved...read the text on the second photo and smiling when I perceived what seems like the shadow of you taking the photo...thank you once again for the virtual tour and for visiting my humble world :) Happy day on your side :)

catsynth said...

Amazing how the statue remained intact, considering that the old City Hall was largely destroyed.

llandudnopictures said...

She is a lot more 'down to earth' thesedays! Very interesting story.

Arti said...

What a story!! Amazing read, Thanks for sharing this!
Have a happy day :)

lina said...

Interesting story behind it. :)

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

I never knew this - thank you for the history lesson, of course I love the fact that she came down off the building fine, but didn't survive a car trip - classic!