The “classical monument” is quite possibly one of the most popular destinations in D.C. and is prominently featured on several of the rides in the book. Like many of the locations in The National Mall, the memorial is often crowded with visitors and one can seldom experience the building’s grandeur without a mass of people on it’s steps or crowding it’s facade.
Even during an (very) early morning summer walk (above) I was unable to to capture it without someone on its steps, in this case members of the Air Force’s Honor Guard.
This past week my friend Frank Lee Ruggles managed what has eluded me for years and captured quite possibly one of the best broad daylight images of the memorial I have ever seen;
Frank took advantage of the government shutdown and snapped this once in a lifetime shot (below) of the classical building. By popular demand, Frank is selling a limited number of signed prints; Mine’s on the way…
Here are a few quick facts about the memorial,
- The memorial anchors the west end of the National Mall and the east end of the Memorial Bridge. At the other is Arlington National Cemetery and Lee’s Mansion. The bridge represent the symbolic “union” of north and south, something President Lincoln fought for and achieved.
- The classic building was modeled after the Pantheon in Athens. It has 36 doric columns, one each for the states in the union at the time of Lincoln’s death.
- Ground for the memorial was broken on February 12, 1914; Lincoln’s 105th birthday and was dedicated on Memorial day 1922.