Liberty Restored

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering,—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 7, Pg. 42-44

Document Type: Feature article


The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of 1987 is the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The restoration work included many engineering tasks that by themselves rate as outstanding: the world's tallest freestanding scaffold; a new torch flame; structural repairs to the arm, shoulder and head; complete replacement, piece by piece, of the armature that supports the copper skin; new stairways and elevators; new air conditioning, lighting, a museum and other amenities added for visitor convenience.

Subject Headings: Structural engineering | Civil engineering landmarks | Ports and harbors | Falsework and scaffolds | Fires | Rehabilitation | Copper (chemical) | Stairs | New York | United States

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