Civilization of the Northwest

Creator(s)
Edward Simmons

Type

Mural

Location

First Floor
Rotunda

Location Details

Northwest Corner

Date Completed
1904

Date Placed
1905

The allegorical story Civilization of the Northwest is told in four large murals above the third floor.

Northwest panel

The American Genius—a young man—is lifting a stone, bearing crystals and gold, thereby breaking the soil. Beside him stand the figures of Wisdom and Hope. One figure, typifying Fertility of the soil, bearing Maize and Poppies, another the mother and child, another strewing flowers, and the fields behind him all carry the sense of advancing agriculture.