Architecture Team Will document Statue of Liberty

Written by Cory Chandler

News Release

DATE: May 26, 2006
CONTACT: Cory Chandler,
(806) 742-2136


College of Architecture faculty, student research assistants and others will use 3-D laser scanning and hi-definition photography equipment as they continue documenting the Statue of Liberty this summer.

This is the second phase of a project in cooperation with Historic American Buildings Survey to document the statue for the National Park Service. Currently, no structural renderings of the Statue exist and the Park Service plans to use the documents for preservation and maintenance purposes.

In the first phase of the project, conducted in 2001, researchers scanned approximately 80 percent of the Statue. On this trip, the team will record much of the remaining structure, including the pedestal and portions of the interior. Team members also will document two administrative buildings related to Fort Wood, which is the star-shaped battery located at the base of the Statue.

Recordings of the interior also will be used to flesh out external statue features that cannot be scanned from the ground. These features include the feet, blocked by the pedestal, and the top of the statue’s head.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Louden, professor of architecture and project manager, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3136, ext. 241, or