Washington Monument

digging the Washington Monument foundation

Building the Washington Monument’s Foundation

These are two amazing images that we dug up on the Internet. The first shows the construction of a concrete foundation for the structure. The second shows the team digging down to make the foundation. Source:...
Proposed design for the completion of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

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...
view northwest from the Washington Monument in 1894

Incredible Northwest View from Washington Monument (1894)

Forgive us if we posted this before, but we can’t remember, and second … it’s amazing, so you should check it out (and share this on Facebook with your friends). Source: Cornell University Library
southern view of the Jefferson Memorial (1942)

Jefferson Memorial and Capitol Seen From Washington Monument (1942)

Check out this cool photo that we dug up on Flickr. It was taken in 1942, and the Jefferson Memorial is not quite ready for dedication. It would open on April 13th, 1943. And here’s a...

Capstone Placed on the Washington Monument

Here’s a drawing we found from the Library of Congress depicting the finishing touches on the Washington Monument – the placement of the capstone. This capstone, made of aluminum, was placed atop the monument in 1885,...
Washington Monument from old State, War, and Navy Buildin

Washington Monument Seen from State, War, and Navy Building

Here’s a terrific old photograph that we dug up. We’ve never seen this angle before, showing the top of the Washington Monument, as viewed from the old State, War, and Navy Building. Source: Boston Public Library
views from the Washington Monument

Amazing Views from the Washington Monument in 1924

What a different Washington. Check out these views from the Washington Monument in 1924. Make sure you click on them for greater details.   Source: Boston Public Library
1919. "Washington Monument, view from air." Harris & Ewing.

Washington Monument Seen From Above (1919)

Here’s a photo of something that you’re not likely to see today. It’s a shot of the Washington Monument, taken from an airplane directly above it. Source: Shorpy
View from the south tower of Healy Hall at Georgetown University, looking towards Washington, D.C., with the Washington monument in the distance

Great View of Washington Monument from Georgetown

This is a terrific old photograph from the south tower of Healy Hall. It’s looking over the Potomac River toward the Washington Monument in 1890. Source: Georgetown University Library
Daybreak over Washington, D.C.

1930s Postcards: Daybreak Over Washington, D.C.

We found a bunch of great postcards in the Boston Public Library’s Flickr photostream and here is one of our favorites. Source: Flick user Boston Public Library Here is another great one, showing the Washington Monument....
Capitol Bldg., seen from atop Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

View of the Capitol from the Washington Monument

Good Morning GoDCers! Unfortunately, we’re getting to the point where we have posted so many items that we can’t remember what we have posted. Hopefully this is not one of the photos we previously posted. Nevertheless,...
Photographers on platform above crowd at Charles A. Lindbergh speech at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

Charles Lindbergh Receives Distinguished Flying Cross at Washington Monument

We dug this photo up at the Library of Congress. It shows the crowd at the Washington Monument, listening to a speech by Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Just a few weeks prior, Lindbergh had successfully flown...
"Beef Depot Monument" - 1862

Beef Depot Monument (i.e., Washington Monument)

Prior to completion, the Washington Monument was an eyesore, sitting as an unfinished stub. For some time, it was used as grounds to raise cattle and inside, they would slaughter the cows for beef. Source: Library...
unfinished Washington Monument in 1874

The Egyptian Obelisk of Murder Bay

Below is a scathing letter to the editor by Clark Mills. You may recognize that name, because he’s the guy who did the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park. We dug this interesting piece up...
This landscape image features the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., two of the capital's most recognizable landmarks (date unknown)

Old Man Fishing With Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument in the Background

Great photo. Speaks for itself. Sadly, no larger version. Thanks Smithsonian.
West Executive Ave. and the Washington Monument (1919)

Great Photo of West Wing and Washington Monument

Doing a little evening photo surfing and came across this stunning one from the Smithsonian’s archives. The building on the left is the West Wing and the one on the right is the State, War and...
P. Hohmann Saloon

Lost History: P. Hohmann Saloon

Here is another excellent old saloon from 1913, lost to history. Mullany’s Saloon had a neighbor with Hohmann’s Saloon. The most amazing part of this photograph is the Washington Monument peeking out in the background. The...
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Aerial view looking toward Capitol and Washington Monument." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Aerial View of the Red Cross Building

In the foreground, you can see the Red Cross building and in the background, the Washington Monument and the Old Post Office Building. Click on the photo for a larger image. Off in the distance, you...
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