Repairs to the earthquake-damaged landmark will require the exterior and part of the interior of the 555-foot structure to be shrouded in scaffolding.
March 13, 2012The Jefferson Pier marker is one of the points that scientists from the National Geodetic Survey, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, use to survey the Mall, looking for signs of sinking.Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post
The Washington Monument is closed indefinitely until National Park Service engineers can fully assess damage caused by the Aug. 23 earthquake. A fuller picture of problems could be available by mid-October. What inspections have found: