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Jefferson Memorial

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Jefferson Memorial
© Elan Fleisher

FDR promoted this 1943 shrine to the founder of his Democratic Party, balancing that to the Republicans’ icon, Lincoln. Roosevelt liked it so much he had trees cleared so he could see it from the Oval Office. John Russell Pope designed an adaptation (sneered at by some as "Jefferson’s muffin") of the Roman Pantheon that the architect Jefferson so admired. It echoes the president’s designs for his home, Monticello, and for his rotunda at the University of Virginia. The Georgia marble walls surrounding Jefferson’s 19ft likeness are inscribed with his enduring words. Alas, the 92-word quote from the Declaration of Independence contains 11 spelling mistakes and other inaccuracies.


Venue name: Jefferson Memorial
Address: Southern end of 15th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Cross street: at the Tidal Basin & East Basin Drive
Transport: Smithsonian Metro
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