Washington Monument, High ground West of Fifteenth Street, Northwest, between Independence & Constitution Avenues, Washington, District of Columbia, DC
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See also HAER DC-5 for additional documentation.
Significance: Built to commemorate the first president of the United States, the monument has also become a hallowed symbol of the nation's government and the city in which it is located. Though the eminent nineteenth-century American architect Robert Mills conceived the initial design, the structure also reflects the technical knowledge and aesthetic judgment of Thomas Lincoln Casey, the Army Corps engineer charged with completing the project. Under Casey, a stagnant construction campaign emblematic of mid-century political and economic turmoil at long last produced the tallest building of its day and an enduring American icon.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N107
Survey number: HABS DC-428
Building/structure dates: 1848-1884 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1901 Subsequent Work
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 66000035