Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nurse's Hall


Built largely of Pavonazzo marble, this room in the State House is called Nurses' Hall because of the statue of an Army war nurse. Sculpted in 1914 by Bela Pratt, it was the first statue erected in honor of the women of the North after the Civil War.

8 comments:

Jilly said...

What an amazing room. I'd love to see this in the flesh, as it were. Beautiful.

Joy said...

Look at all that space! Such a lovely building.

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Beantown Today said...

That is awesome! Great photo.

smilnsigh said...

Majestic photo of a majestic room/hall.

Isadora said...

What a fabulous place, I love a grand staircase. The walls and the art work...a befitting tribute to the ladies who worked heroically among the wounded. They say Hungarians are everywhere - must be true, Mr. Pratt with a name of Bela...I would bet my 2 cents was also a Hungarian or a descendant of one.

Clueless in boston said...

Jilly: Yes, it is an amazing room and more beautiful in the flesh, so to speak:)

Joy, Beantown, and Smilnsigh: Thanks.

Isadora: Yes, it is a great tribute to the women of the Civil War. As for Pratt being Hungarian....I can't find any evidence. It looks like Bela was his grandfather's name, and the family was from Weymouth, Mass. However, you may be right. Perhaps, like they say about the Russians: scratch a Russian and you'll find a Tatar; scratch a Bela and you'll find a Hungarian:)

yoshi said...

This hall is so bright! There is a peaceful atmosphere!

b.c. said...

awesome--really spectacular...and the room aint so bad either...

:)