The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington: The Monument
National Mall and Memorial Parks
The Washington Monument honors George Washington, hero of the American Revolution and the first president of the United States. When this stunning stone obelisk was completed in 1884, it was the tallest building in the world. Today the monument towers over Washington, DC, reminding us of Washington's life and legacy.
Just the facts
Height: 555 feet, 5 1/8 inches
Stones: about 36,000
Weight: 81,000 tons
(as much as 6,480 school buses)
150 feet up the stones change color because they came from different quarries during two construction periods.
Soldiers drill on the White House Ellipse during the Civil War. The monument behind them remains unfinished. (Library of Congress)
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 53.369′ N, 77° 2.018′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 15th Street SW 0.1 miles north of Jefferson Drive SW, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington: The City (a few steps from this marker); Washington: The Man (a few steps from this marker); A Monumental Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named A Monumental Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Raoul Wallenberg Place (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jean Hillery and Thomas Quadros (about 700 feet away); Smokey Bear Blue Spruce (about 700 feet away); Yates Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Architecture •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.