Monuments and Memorials of Washington DC Aug 10, 2012 3:03:19 GMT
Post by htmb on Aug 10, 2012 3:03:19 GMT
On a hot and humid August morning I set off from the Foggy Bottom metro station to explore some of the monuments and memorials of Washington, DC. I made it to a few, and plan to continue my journey sometime in the fall.
After a pleasant walk (it was still early morning, but would become swelteringly hot soon) I arrived at the
The reflecting pool outside the Lincoln Memorial has been undergoing improvements, but work is supposed to be completed by the end of August 2012, and it looked to be pretty near finished. According to the National Mall website the goals of the project are to:
• Replace leaking concrete pool on new pilings to bedrock
• Retain existing coping stones of pool
• Install systems for drawing water from Tidal Basin rather than from city drinking water, and for cleaning and re-circulating the water
• Install sidewalks adjacent to the pool in place of existing dirt paths
• Resurface North and South Elm Walks and install new lights and benches
• Complete the perimeter security for the Lincoln Memorial at the west end of the pool
• Improve accessibility from the pool level to the Memorial Plaza level
Off to the east, if you look carefully at the middle of the photo, you can see the White House, which doesn't quite fit into the Memorials and Monuments category, but I would like to visit there again sometime soon.
And in the opposite direction are the Jefferson, FDR, and Korean War Memorials,
which will also have to wait for another day.
Through the trees I could see the World War II Memorial, a first viewing for me.
The memorial was opened in April 2004, and is centered on the mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Momument.
Washington National Monument
I've never been inside the monument, but it is now closed for extensive repairs due to damage caused by an earthquake on August 2011.