| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Washington Monument, Washington, D.C. photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

WASHINGTON MONUMENT, WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Washington Monument Society selected Robert Mills’ design of this obelisk in 1836.  I would take several decades before the monument was finally dedicated on dedicated on February 21, 1885.  The monument weights over 80,000 tons.  It stands just over 555 feet tall. Walls at the base are 15 feet thick.  At the top, they narrow to just 18 inches. The Society ran out of money in 1854 when the monument was just 150 feet tall.  Construction stalled for about 25 years.  A different quarry supplied the stone. While the two types seemed to match at the time, wind, rain, and erosion have caused the marble sections to weather differently, producing the now pronounced difference in colour. It’s 896 steps to the top of the obelisk.  Visitors take an elevator to the observation deck where they can survey the city from the monument’s great height.

Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 10-24mm lens at 15mm, f13, 1/1250 sec., ISO 640.   Image by John Ecker     |    pantheon photography

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