Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lincoln Monument - Washington DC

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Design adopted by the Lincoln Memorial Commission on the site of Potomac Park, near the river on the axis of the Capitol and the Washington Monument.  Design by Mr. Henry Bacon.  It is a monumental structure, standing in a broad plain, surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills.  Statue of Lincoln is in the center of Memorial, while smaller halls at each side of central space contain second Inaugural and Gettysburg Addresses.  Surrounding the walls, incasing these memorials, is a colonnade of 36 columns for each of the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death.

Interior of Lincoln Memorial
Washington, D.C.
This view of the interior of Lincoln Memorial shows the marble statue representing Lincoln by Daniel Chester French.  The colossal figure, seated in a curale chair, faces the entrance, the eyes looking out through the columns to the monument and the Capitol.  The lineaments are of Lincoln as idealized by the sculptor.

1 comment:

  1. This post reminded me how much I used to love to look at the little Lincoln statue inside the Memorial as depicted on the back of a penny. So, I dug through the change in my purse to look for that image again. It's hard for me to make it out now that I'm about to need bi-focals.