Medallion: ...Elihu Root...Architecture in America
diameter: 2 13/16 in. ( 7.1 cm )
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "Hommage/a la Societe/Lovis Bottee/1896." Inscription: edge, at lower center: "1ARGENT"
Gilt silver struck medal with obverse depicting standing allegorical female figure of Architecture, facing left, holding scroll with blueprints in front of three draped youths at left, holding miniature model of ancient Greek building and compasses; tree at left; pillar capitals below and at right; beaux-arts building surrounded by scaffolding in background; inscription in exergue: "LA SOCIETE HONORE/ET ENCOURAGE LES HAUTES/ETUDES D'ARCHITECTURE/1877." Reverse depicts compasses, laurel and oak branches with superimposed ornate tablet at center, with inscription: "To/ Elihu Root/for his services to/ architecture/ in America"; inscription at lower center: "DIPLOMES/PAR LE"; legend within line border: "SOCIETE des ARCHITECTES - /GOUVERNEMENT."
Elihu Root (1845-1937) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. He served as Secretary of War under McKinley and Roosevelt (1899-1903) and as Secretary of State under Roosevelt (1905-1909). From 1909- 1915 he was a Republican Senator from New York.
Gift of Elihu Root, Jr.
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