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Washington Monument

General Information

Structural Type: Column
Function / usage: Observation tower
Built: 1848 - 1885
Status: in use

Geographic Information & Related Structures

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, USA, North America

Technical Information

Dimensions

height 169 m

Materials

shaft masonry

Notes

The beginning of the construction of the monument was marked by the ground breaking on July 4, 1848. Construction was halted in 1854, at a height of 150 feet, due to political events. For the centennial of the Declaration of Independence in 1876, the task to complete the structure was given to the Corps of Engineers. The foundations were redone as the monument was already leaning like the Tower of Pisa. The capstone was set in 1884 and the monument dedicated on February 21, 1885.

Participants

Architecture
(role unknown)

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Internal Information
Structure-ID: s0000087
Created: 28/10/1998
Last Updated: 22/07/2014