The monument is not as old as you might think as this memorial was commissioned by Congress in 1934. One unique aspect of this monument is that it is influenced by Thomas Jefferson's own tastes. According to the National Park Service (NPS), it "echoes" Jefferson's own designs, Monticello (his home) and the University of Virginia Rotunda. Its style is Classical Revival and is based on the Pantheon in Rome.
|View of the Jefferson Memorial from atop the Washington Monument|
10 fun facts about the Jefferson Memorial
2. The statue of Jefferson in the center of the memorial stands 19 feet tall and was designed by Rudolph Evans. It weighs 5 tons.
4. The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated on a very fitting April 13, 1943 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Jefferson would have been 200 years old on this day.
5. This monument stands on the southern end of the National Mall and is placed in a direct line of the White House.
6. The dome is 165 feet in diameter and there are 26 pillars.
7. There were a couple of controversies surrounding the building of this monument. One was the actual design being criticized which resulted in some modifications as noted in fact #1. The second was the removal of some of the iconic cherry blossom trees, which were gifted to the United States in 1912.
|Today there are still many cherry trees to be found all around the Tidal Basin, but at the time of build, the removal of some trees was a big controversy.|
8. About 2 million visitors stop by the Jefferson Memorial each year. This memorial is open 24 hours a day, with a Park Ranger available to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
9. Marble from four different states was used in the Jefferson Memorial's construction. The marble came from Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Vermont.
10. Overall cost of this memorial was over $3 million, notes WashingtonDC.org.
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed these fun facts.
|Jefferson Memorial at sunrise (March 2017)|