Washington Monument Repairs – Washington DC


“The Washington Monument, as designed by Robert Mills, was begun in 1848, and was erected to a height of 150 feet by 1854, with funds provided by popular subscription. In 1876 Congress appropriated funds for its completion by the Government and work was resumed in 1878 under the direction of the Corps of Engineers of the War Department. The Monument was finally completed in 1884. The exterior of the shaft is built of white marble, while the interior is of granite. No repair work had ever been done and the exterior had cracked and spalled, resulting in leaching of mortar and leacks through the walls. In 1934, with P.W.A. aid, a tubular steel scaffold, which completely covered the shaft, was erected. A thorough job of repointing and repair was carried out and the entire shaft cleaned from top to bottom. The work was completed in February 1935. The cleaning, pointing, and repair work cost $19,042.87, while the erection and dismantling of the scaffold cost $67,333.11. The total project cost was $86,375.98.”


Project Details

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Source notes

C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).

“District gets $325,000 fund for building,” Washington Post, September 8, 1933, p. 22 

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Location Info

Madison Dr, NW & 15th St, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Location notes:

Coordinates: 38.889864, -77.035244

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