Other Proposed Designs for the Lincoln Memorial

These are amazing. This is a series of images depicting alternate versions of the proposed Lincoln Memorial. These we all designed in 1912.

We dug these up at the National Archives.

John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Monument to Abraham Lincoln , 1912
John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Monument to Abraham Lincoln , 1912
John Russell Pope's Competition Proposal for a Ziggurat Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Ziggurat Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope's Competition Proposal for a Mayan Temple Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Mayan Temple Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
Henry Bacon’s Competition Proposal for a Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
Henry Bacon’s Competition Proposal for a Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope's Competition Proposal for a Circular Colonnade Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Circular Colonnade Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope's Competition Proposal for a Circular Ziggurat Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Circular Ziggurat Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope's Competition Proposal for a Pyramid with Porticoes Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
John Russell Pope’s Competition Proposal for a Pyramid with Porticoes Style Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912

Check out the rest of them here.

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  • Andrew W

    That pyramid one is ooogly. The others are pretty cool.

  • I was thinking of doing an article on Pope’s Lincoln/pyramid designs for a history magazine. I write as a hobby, and have had 80 published articles so far, including a Washington Post article for such never-were memorials as a Mark Twain statue, or a Washington Memorial (not the Monument). Did you go to the Archives branch in Hyattsville, or the old one downtown? Was there a particular folder of the drawings?

  • Tom

    These all came from their online archives

  • I like Henry Bacon’s version!