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  PRE-CONSTRUCTION, 1799 - 1836
1799: George Washington dies
1800: Congress approves resolution to erect pyramid as a mausoleum for Washington
1833: Citizens form the Washington National Monument Society to raise private funds and construct the monument
1836: Architect Robert Mills wins design contest; specifies a 500-foot obelisk surrounded by a circular Greek temple; the temple is never built, but the obelisk is
 
 
CONSTRUCTION, 1848-1888

The monument was built during four stages. Hold your mouse over a year in the image below for details. If the image does not change after one minute, click for a still image with explanation.






 
  POST-CONSTRUCTION, 1888 TO PRESENT
1959: Present elevator installed, cutting ascent time to 70 seconds
1998-2000: Congress and several private corporations fund $9.4 million to restore the monument, which has been ravaged by years of water and dirt.
 










 

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