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Washington Monument


  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

A Nation Honors its Founding Father

The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, DC The 555-foot, 5-1/8" marble obelisk honors the nation's founding father George Washington, who led the Continental Army to victory, and then became the nation's first president under the Constitution. Tickets are required to visit the interior of the Washington Monument. - NPS


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1799/12/24 George Washington American Commander in Chief A United States Congressional committee recommends a monument to be erected in honor of George Washington. Death of George Washington
1850/07/04 Zachary Taylor Dignitary President Zachary Taylor attends the ground breaking ceremony for the Washington Monument.
1850/07/04 Zachary Taylor Life Seeking relief from the stifling heat and humidity during a fund-raising event at the Washington Monument, Zachery Taylor drinks a pitcher of iced milk and eats a bowl of cherries. Cherry Death of President Zachary Taylor
1885/02/21 Over 800 people attend the dedication of the Washington Monument.

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Particulars for Washington Monument:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Area of Significance Engineering
Architectural Style Exotic revival
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Historic Use Monument, Marker
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Park
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Sight Category Structure



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000035
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: Multiple
Architectural Style: Exotic revival
Other Certification: Additional documentation
Nominator Name: National Monument
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Landscape architecture, Engineering, Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering, Person
Criteria Consideration: Commemorative property
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1848, 1889
Associated People: Washington,George
Historic Function: Landscape, Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Monument, Marker, Park
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Park Monument, Marker

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