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Washington Monument repairs continue after earthquake damage of 2011

The Washington Monument is perhaps the most iconic building in Washington, D.C. Located at the western end of the Mall with the Capitol at the eastern end, the 555 feet marble obelisk can be seen from most parts of the city.

Washington Monument
Karin Leperi

Designed by architect Robert Mills, who also designed the Treasury building, the Patent Office, and the General Post Office building, the monument contains 36,000 pieces of marble and granite and is topped with a marble capstone weighing 3,300 pounds. Unfortunately, a freak earthquake on August 23, 2011 damaged the monument and the interior elevator shaft, causing the National Park Service to close the monument for repairs. Repairs have commenced and are expected to be completed by the beginning of 2014.

However, it is still possible to walk around the monument grounds to capture those iconic photos of the Washington Monument.

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