Mall Stock Photos - Washington Monument - District of Columbia

  • Mall stock photos features striking photographs of the Washington Monument, America's national monument honouring George Washington including beautiful sunset views from the plaza.


  • With photographs from the circular plaza of the national monument at ground level including the fifty American flagpoles which encircle the iconic obelisk.


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A brief history of how the Washington Monument was constructed to go alongside Mall stock photos




  • The Washington Monument honours the nation's first president, George Washington.


  • The national monument was designed by Robert Mills whose original design called for a 600-foot Egyptian styled obelisk which would have thirty 100-foot columns encircling the base.


  • During the construction of the monument there were a number of complications and the design had to be scaled back between the two building phases because of a lack of funding.


  • The original architect Robert Mills died in 1855 and never saw the completion of his design.


  • Lt. Col. Thomas Lincoln Casey & the U.S Army Corps of Engineers were chosen to resume the construction and complete the monument.


  • Time pressure & lack of funds meant that the design had to be scaled back, the height was changed from the original 600-feet to the optimum height of 555-feet, to accommodate for ten times the width of the base and the ring of columns were scrapped.



The Washington Monument had two distinct phases of construction.


First Phase;


  • Construction began in 1848 despite great difficulties in raising the necessary funds, by 1854 the monument had reached a height of 156-feet above ground, but as donors funds to the Washington National Monument Society came to a halt so did the building of the national monument, stopping completely in 1858.


  • President Ulysses S. Grant, in 1876, in a joint resolution approved an act authorising the government to finish the project.


  • The monument stood only partially finished for over two decades until 1878, when Lt. Col. Thomas Casey & the U.S Army Corps of Engineers assumed control of the completing the monument, which simplified the original design of Robert Mills.


Second Phase;


  • Before construction could begin again the masons needed a supply of stone, unfortunately the stone that was quarried from nearby Baltimore for the first phase was no longer available. A suitable match to the original stone was difficult to find but builders settled on a stone quarried in Massachusetts, but problems became evident with the quality & colour of the stone soon after.


  • After the addition of several courses of the stone from Massachusetts which left behind a brown-streak of beltline a third of the way up the monument, the builders turned their attention to a third quarry in Baltimore that proved more reliable, and that was the stone used for the last two-thirds of the structure.


  • The stone never quite matched the original, leaving three slightly different bands of colour which is still distinguistable today.


  • To crown the monument a 3,300-pound marble capstone was placed on the obelisk and topped with a 9-inch pyramid of cast aluminium.


  • The monument was finally dedicated on February 21st, 1885.
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