Washington Monument

The Mall, between 14th and 17th Sts., NW., Washington, District of Columbia


Washington Monument from Holocaust Museum

Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger



Street View 


Built to commemorate the first president of the United States, the monument has also become a hallowed symbol of the nation's government and the city in which it is located. Though the eminent nineteenth-century American architect Robert Mills conceived the initial design, the structure also reflects the technical knowledge and aesthetic judgment of Thomas Lincoln Casey, the Arm Corps engineer charged with completing the project. under Casey, a stagnant construction campaign emblematic of mid-century political and economic turmoil at long last produced the tallest building of its day and an enduring American icon. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Engineering; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Monument/marker; Park
Current functions
Park; Monument/marker
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1848; 1889
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 7
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • June 19, 2017: New photos from Michael Miller
  • April 26, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • April 15, 2012: Photo imported by Holly Hayes
  • April 10, 2012: Photos imported by James Baughn
  • February 20, 2011: New photos from Bill Eichelberger