Construction of the Washington Monument resumes

Title

Construction of the Washington Monument resumes

Description

In 1876 after sitting uncompleted for almost twenty years Congress passed a joint resolution taking charge of the completion of the monument. Taking control of the land and monument back from the Washington National Monument Society who had run out of funds shortly after construction began in 1854. In this image workers can be see fortifying the base of the monument. Now controlled by the federal government, the design of the monument became the more simple Egyptian style obelisk which appears today.

Source

Internal Archive, National Park Service.

Date

1870s

Coverage

Original Format

Photograph

Description

In 1876 after sitting uncompleted for almost twenty years Congress passed a joint resolution taking charge of the completion of the monument. Taking control of the land and monument back from the Washington National Monument Society who had run out of funds shortly after construction began in 1854. In this image workers can be see fortifying the base of the monument. Now controlled by the federal government, the design of the monument became the more simple Egyptian style obelisk which appears today.

Date

1870s

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Internal Archive, National Park Service.