HERE) but as the view is unparalleled in our city of no views due to height restrictions I had to go. FTR, I think our height restriction is admirable as it makes our city unique; you know where you are; DC!
Originally the monument was designed with a colonnade around the base by architect Robert Mills which was left out due to budget constraints much to his chagrin. The terrible small wart of a modern entrance pavilion from 2001 would KILL him I'm sure.
The cost to build the monument was set at just over $1 million dollars or the 2015 equivalent of around $620,800,000! We wonder why we don't build "like we used to" but who is prepared to spend that kind of money? Now lets go up!
Directly inside is a bronze plaque of Washington with Masonic symbols. Much of the original funding for the memorial came from the FreeMasons and they even laid the cornerstone (Washington was an active Mason).
The ground floor contains a small elevator vestibule with beautiful marble mosaics. The elevator has been in place since construction. It was originally used to carry building materials to the top. I love the paneled brass doors.
We had planned on being on top for sunset but unfortunately the timing didn't work out with getting through security (one must get tickets months in advance!). We still enjoyed the city lights however.
Below facing south is the WWII memorial and beyond the Lincoln memorial with the Memorial bridge at an angle crossing the Potomac River into Arlington Cemetery.
Kennedy Center on the river with Paul Cret's Pan American building in the foreground.
White House (center of the photo) with the Ellipse in the foreground and the Department of the Treasury just to the right (very white light).
HERE. I highly recommend a sunset or nighttime view!
POV restaurant/bar on top of the W hotel (Formerly the Hotel Washington)- great for a nightcap after your monument tour and designed by Carrere and Hastings to boot! Photo of the Treasury and the White house taken from that rooftop.
Photos are a mixture of my friend, Architect Erich Stanley, and my own iphone snapshots; Thanks for sharing Erich!