Francis Scott Key

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This 52-foot monument was commissioned by James Lick for $60,000 and given as a gift to the City. The bronze statues were cast in Rome and brought by ship to San Francisco. Its been suggested that Lick commissioned the monument because he was also in Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814 -- the night of the shelling that inspired Key's lyrics.

The monument has been relocated three times. Originally it was erected behind the Auditorium where the tennis courts now are in what used to be a playground. From 1909 to 1966, it was in front of Steinhart Auditorium. It was installed at its current location in 1977 when it was rededicated as part of Bicentennial celebrations on July 4, 1976. Two time capsules containing memorabilia and records are buried at its base.

Here Francis Scott Key is seated under an arched canopy topped with a standing female figure of Columbia. She holds a flagstaff by her right side and four eagles surround her feet. Buffalo heads flank the top of the monument's four Corinthian columns.

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At the east end of Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse, across from Spreckels Temple of Music

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