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|Location||Washington, D.C., map|
|Date||1848 to 1885 timeline|
|Construction System||masonry, cut stone|
|Notes||with George P. Marsh. At the center of the U.S. National Mall. Standard Egyptian proportion of 10:1 height to base. Original design chosen by competition, 1836.|
|Discussion||Washington Monument Commentary
Damaged by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on August 23, 2011, and closed for repairs for an estimated two years.
"The cornerstone was laid in 1848, site problems having caused delays; then, when the monument was some 150 feet high, the Civil War postponed further constuction. Mills died in 1855. In 1876, when construction recommenced, George P. Marsh, who was ambassador to Italy, was among those asked for advice concerning completion of the monument. As a student of Egyptian obelisksthere are thirteen in Romehe immediately suggested that Mills's projected height of 600 feet be reduced to the standard Egyptian proportions of ten times base to height, or 555 feet, a 55-foot width having been established. Marsh also strongly recommended that the circular 'temple' base be eliminated and that no decorative trim be used. Finally, he proposed a pyramidal capping of aluminum, a pioneering material for the time."
from G.E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p130.
At 555 feet tall, one of the highest all-masonry towers in the world. 55 feet wide at the base. Perspective sketch, historical
Sources on Washington Monument
Billionaire to Donate $7.5 Million to Repair Washington Monument, Associated Press at New York Times, 2012.0118.
Photos of post-earthquake engineering inspection work. Kevin Matthews, at DesignCommunity.
G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. Exterior view of Monument in silhouette, p131. discussion, p130. Available at Amazon.com
Ernest and Kathleen Meredith, Fairfax, Virginia. Slide from photographers' collection.
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