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.

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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
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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
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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
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Henry Bacon’s Competition Proposal for a Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
Henry Bacon’s Competition Proposal for a Monument to Abraham Lincoln, 1912
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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
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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
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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!