Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Built at the urging of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Jefferson Memorial was approved by Congress in 1934 and constructed in the 1940s. It was dedicated on April 13, 1943--the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth. The memorial was designed by architect John Russell Pope, who incorporated elements from the architecture on Jefferson's estate, Monticello, as well as from buildings Jefferson designed at the University of Virginia. He also incorporated features from the Pantheon of Rome, reflecting Jefferson's fascination with Roman architecture.
Thomas Jefferson is perhaps the most well-known of America's founders. He penned the Declaration of Independence, our founding document which put the King of England on notice that we would no longer be ruled by a tyrant or taxed without representation. On July 4, 1776, America declared its independence from England. Fortunately, the animosity didn't last for long. England has been, and remains, one of the United States' strongest allies and peers on the world stage.
Located on the Tidal Basin, the Jefferson Memorial is at its loveliest in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom and bring more than a million tourists to our capital city.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 12/07