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

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.