Defining the D.C. skyline.
The prominent feature of the Washington skyline, the Washington Monument opened to the public in 1888. The 555-foot, 5-1/8" marble obelisk is surrounded by 50 flags, and was completed in two phases of construction, one private (1848-1854) and one public (1876-1884).
The Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater have been reimagined as part of the Trust’s design competition to create a gateway to the Monument and connection to the Tidal Basin.
The Monument was closed to the public after sustaining damage in August 2011 when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck 90 miles southwest of Washington. Through a generous donationfrom Campaign for the National Mall Co-Chair David Rubenstein, the Trust for the National Mall was able to match the federal funds provided by Congress to repair the Monument, which is scheduled to reopen in mid-2014.
Follow the repair of the Monument with incredible photos from Trust photographer Colin Winterbottom.
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