Unbuilt Proposed Design for Washington Monument (1877)

Check out this cool proposed design to finish the Washington Monument. Construction didn’t restart on the unfinished monument until 1879 after Congress appropriated another $200,000 to complete it.

Below is one of the proposals on the finished design, from 1877, done by Henry R. Searle.

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Proposed design for the completion of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.
Proposed design for the completion of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

Source: Library of Congress

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  • Sheila

    I like it just the way it is now. The one in the photo is just too much! Cool post!