The Jefferson Memorial

Posted by THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL on 7/24/2003 4:40:08 PM | Views: 321 |

The Jefferson Memorial

A lasting memorial to such a famously modest man as Thomas Jefferson would appropriately take a lower profile than the more dominant monuments to Washington and Lincoln. A 19-foot bronze sculpture was commissioned it was surrounded by 54 Ionic columns and a dome. The inside walls would be inscribed with quotations based on Jefferson's writings. The monument would be placed in a prestigious position with a picturesque view of The White House to the north. As construction began, it became apparent that the marshy land that characterized much of the Mall would be a problem, so the structure was built on a foundation of steel cynnaers filled with concrete which had been sunk 135 feet down to bedrock.

Upon completion in 1943, it was immediately obvious that the Jefferson Memorial had been placed in the most beautiful setting of all. It quickly became the springtime favorite of photographers and other visitors who annualy flock to the Tidal Basin for a picture-perfect view of the monument framed in cherry blossoms. The Jefferson Memorial also attracts night time visitors who come see the monument and its reflection on the water, enhanced by well-placed night lights.




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