Trust for the National Mall 2013 Annual Report - page 6

On July 8, Campaign for the National Mall Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein, alongside Trust
for the National Mall President Caroline Cunningham, flipped the switch that brought the
500 tons of scaffolding encasing the Washington Monument to life with hundreds of glow-
ing lamps. News cameras rolled and spectators watched in awe as the iconic landmark lit
the skyline of the nation’s capital, as it would each night for the next four months.
The lighting ceremony was but one of many milestones highlighting the public-private
partnership that led to the restoration of the Washington Monument, which has been closed
to the public since a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Washington, D.C. in August 2011.
In January 2012, the Trust announced that David M. Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to
match the funds allocated by Congress to repair the 555-foot obelisk. The donation was
the largest individual gift in the brief history of the Trust, and the restoration work began
in late 2012.
Throughout 2013, the Trust and the National Park Service oversaw the repairs, which
include vertical and horizontal joint repairs, sealing large cracks, and elevator repair and
recertification. The earthquake damage was extensive, with cracks more than one inch
wide in some of the marble stones. In November, the scaffolding began to come down,
marking the completion of exterior repairs.
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