Trust for the National Mall 2013 Annual Report - page 8

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.
A MONUMENTAL RESTORATION ILLUMINATES
THE CAPITAL SKYLINE
restoring
“The monument lighting also marks Rubenstein’s
role in a larger campaign to restor neglected sites on the
National Mall, officials said. The co-founder of
the Carlyle Group investment firm has joined the nonprofit
Trust for the National Mall as a co-chairman to
help raise $350 million to preserve and restore sites in the
nation’s most-visited national park.”
Associated Press, July 8, 2013
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