The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a memorial located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. It is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, who was the 3rd President of the United States, author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the Founding Fathers. The memorial consists of a neoclassical portico, domed building, with engravings from Jefferson’s writings on the inside, and a statue of Jefferson. Work on the memorial was completed in 1943 and the statue was added in 1947. The Jefferson Memorial is classified as a U.S. National Memorial and is managed by the National Park Service. Continue reading if you want to know who designed this memorial.
Who designed the Jefferson Memorial?
In 1925 plans were drawn up to build a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt and a design contest was held. The winning design was submitted by the architect John Russell Pope, but the memorial was never built. In 1934 it was decided that a memorial would be built for Thomas Jefferson and John Russell Pope was chosen as the architect in 1935. He created four separate plans for the project, because the site had not yet been chosen. Unfortunately, Pope died in 1937 and did not see the finished memorial or any of the construction. His partners, Daniel P. Higgins and Otto R. Eggers, oversaw the project to completion.
The sculpture of Jefferson was designed by sculptor Rudulph Evans with help from the Japanese engineer Wado Zato. The sculpture was cast by the Roman Bronze Works of New York.
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