The figure of Hancock is nine feet high and is dressed in the uniform of an army officer, sitting erect and facing forward on the horse with his hands resting in front of him holding the reins. The horse rears slight on three legs, rested on a base of sculpted ground. The elaborate pedestal of Maine granite with semicircular ends protruding from a rectangular center is topped by a detailed cornice supported by two composite pilasters framing the center section on each side. The ends are decorated with foliage and palm leaf designs which form car touches topped by eagles. It cost $50,000 in the 1880s to erect this statue but was still able proceed thanks to an Act approved on March 2, 1889.
Erected 1896 (Henry Jackson Ellicott, sculptor)
within a L’Enfant Plan reservation, Downtown HD, and Pennsylvania Avenue NHS
National Register Nomination: September 20, 1978