Thomas Jefferson would really love the Jefferson Memorial, a domed monument inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. The architect, John Russell Pope, knew Jefferson was a huge fan of classical architecture, and it’s set in the perfect location, surrounded by the water (and cherry blossom trees) of the tidal basin.
The construction took place during World War II, and because metal was in short supply, the original statue of Jefferson was made of plaster. After the war ended, sculptor Rudolph Evans created the 19 foot bronze statue that replaced the original.
There are inspirational words from Jefferson’s writings engraved on the walls, with many inscriptions from the Declaration of Independence.
The Memorial is currently undergoing some renovations, but it’s still open to the public (except for the Plaza area facing the Washington Monument). While you can visit the exterior any time, there are Park Rangers on duty between 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.
I took the photo with my I-Phone on my way to an appointment.