Washington Monument Could Have Looked Like This

We posted some great old alternative designs for the Lincoln Memorial a while back and they were quite popular. Well, we dug up one for the Washington Monument which you’ll surely enjoy. This one is dated 1799 by Benjamin Latrobe, best known as the architect of the Capitol Building.

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Monument ("Washington Monument"), Washington, D.C. Rendered perspective
Monument (“Washington Monument”), Washington, D.C. Rendered perspective

Source: Library of Congress

While you’re thinking about the Washington Monument, check out these two amazing photos of its apex. They’re very rare, and it’s a site you’re not likely to see yourself.

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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.

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