Rather of soaring to 600 feet, as Mills had planned, Casey was convinced to make the height of the construction ten times the breadth of the base, implying that the appropriate height for the Washington Monument was 555 feet. When the monument was completed in 1825, it was found to be insufficiently tall; the top of it could be reached by jumping from one of the lantern rooms on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol building. This fact may have been what led to its being painted black, a practice which continued until 1963.
In 1848, Congress authorized the addition of another story to the monument, making the entire structure 556 feet high. The new floor was to be made of glass, and visitors were to be given a view of the heavens beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Work stopped after two years due to financial difficulties. In 1850, the government took control of the debt of the project, but it wasn't until 1855 that work again began in earnest. The total cost of the addition was $100,000 (about $1 million in today's dollars).
Work on the third floor was finished by 1858, but then stopped indefinitely because of further financial problems. The Civil War brought an end to all federal projects, including the Washington Monument.
It has a 3 m (10 ft) base. The total height of the monument is 23.7 meters (78 ft.) A view of Washington, D.C. from a distance. The statue was designed by Frédéric-Auguste Cadet and built by the French at their Château de la Garde site near Paris. It was first displayed on July 4, 1884, in New York City.
The pedestal on which the statue stands is also worth mentioning: it is made of marble and has a diameter of 7 m (23 ft). Above the statue's left foot is an inscription that reads "Liberty Enlightening the World."
Inscription on the left foot of the statue: "To the United States of America."
Year of creation: 1776.
Location: Washington, District of Columbia (near Pennsylvania Avenue and First Street NW).
The Washington Monument, designed in the style of an Egyptian obelisk to evoke the timelessness of ancient civilizations, reflects the nation's awe, respect, and appreciation for its most important Founding Father. At 555 feet and 5-1/8 inches, the Washington Monument was the highest building in the world when it was finished. It remains the tallest stone structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Construction on the monument began on April 13, 1829, and it was completed eight years later at a cost of $15,000 (about $220,000 in today's dollars). The money came from private donations and was not paid for by the federal government as many people believe today. The builder was Thomas Jefferson who ordered the monument built as a tribute to George Washington.
In October 1800, just over two years after Washington died, the House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing Congress to make "such provisions as they may deem proper" to commemorate Washington. In December 1807, Congress approved a bill that included a request to President Jefferson to have a statue of Washington erected on a mountain near Philadelphia where he had been born.
Jefferson agreed to this proposal and in September 1814, the president announced that the statue would be made by the renowned sculptor Henry Clay Frick. The following year, Congress authorized up to $25,000 ($330,000 in today's dollars) for the sculpture. Frick started work on the statue but died before it was complete.
George Washington's Monument The Washington Monument, designed in the style of an Egyptian obelisk to evoke the timelessness of ancient civilizations, reflects the nation's awe, respect, and appreciation for its most important Founding Father. Today, it remains the second tallest statue in America (after the Statue of Liberty). The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1855 by French immigrant architect Pierre L'Enfant.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing a commission to recommend changes to the monument's design. The commission proposed several changes but ultimately approved an alternative plan by New York City-based architects Clark and Campbell that retained many features of L'Enfant's original design. The new design was completed in 1970 and was opened to the public the following year. Although L'Enfant had intended his monument to be a tribute to all three branches of the federal government, today it is recognized only as a memorial to George Washington.
The base of the Washington Monument consists of four large blocks of polished white Vermont marble from Mount Vernon. It represents the nation's freedom from slavery and includes an image of an African American man rowing a boat with a woman and child inside it.