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Lincoln Memorial, West Potomac Park, Washington, District of Columbia, DC



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Item Title


Location
West Potomac Park, Washington, DC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS DC-3
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N127; N9).
Building/structure dates: 1915 initial construction
Significance: One of Washington's largest and most well known monuments, it serves as an anchor to the western end of the Mall. Statue of Lincoln on interior is one of the most famous works by noted sculpture Daniel Chester French.The memorial to Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) was constructed s a monumental commemoration of the sixteenth president, who saw the nation through a divisive war and preserved the union. While the statue contained within is one of the best known public sculptures in the United States, the prominent setting and classical-revival design of the building have combined to produce an American Icon. The location of celebrations and demonstrations...

Subjects
Sculpture
U.S. Presidents
Monuments & Memorials


Related Names
Bacon, Henry
French, Daniel Chester
Lincoln, Pres. Abraham


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. EAST FRONT, FROM THE NORTHEAST
2. EAST FRONT, FROM THE SOUTHEAST
3. EAST FRONT AND SOUTH SIDE
4. Aerial view from the east. Jack Boucher, photographer; February 1992.
5. Aerial view from the southeast. Jack Boucher, photographer; February 1992.
6. Aerial view from the southwest. Jack Boucher, photographer; February 1992.
7. Aerial view from the west. Jack Boucher, photographer; February 1992.
8. Aerial view from the northwest. Jack Boucher, photographer; February 1992.
9. Aerial view from the northeast. Jack Boucher, photographer; February 1992.
10. East elevation. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
11. East elevation. Jet Lowe, photographer; 30 May 1991.
12. East elevation. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
13. View from the northeast. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
14. View from the northeast. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
15. View from the northeast. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
16. West elevation. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
17. Detail of west colonnade. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
18. South elevation. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
19. View from the southeast. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
20. East steps. Jet Lowe, photographer; 30 May 1991.
21. East steps. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
22. Detail of column base. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
23. Detail of north end of east entablature. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
24. Detail of east entablature (South Carolina). Jet Lowe, photographer; December 1992.
25. Detail of east entablature (Maryland). Jet Lowe, photographer; December 1992.
26. Detail of east entablature (Massachusetts). Jet Lowe, photographer; December 1992.
27. Detail of east entablature (Connecticut). Jet Lowe, photographer; December 1992.
28. Detail of east entablature (Georgia). Jet Lowe, photographer; December 1992.
29. Detail of entablature at southwest corner. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
30. Attic parapet at southeast corner. Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
31. Detail of east attic frieze. Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
32. Detail of east attic frieze. Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
33. View of north tripod, from the south. Jet Lowe, photographer; December 1992.
34. View of north tripod, from the southwest. Jet Lowe, photographer; December 1992.
35. View of south tripod, from the west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 22 May 1991.
36. View of the Lincoln Statue being cleaned by James Hudson, who died at the Lincoln Memorial 4 July 1993. Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
37. Interior south wall (Gettysburg Address). Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
38. Interior north wall (Second Inaugural Address). Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
39. Interior north wall (Second Inaugural Address). Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
40. Attic skylight room, looking northwest. Jet Lowe, photographer; 30 May 1991.
41. Attic skylight room, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 30 May 1991.
42. Detail where attic floor meets south wall. Jet Lowe, photographer; 30 May 1991.
43. View of skylights, looking south. Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
44. View of skylights, looking east. Jet Lowe, photographer; 4 June 1991.
45. Basement below statue chamber, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
46. Basement below statue chamber, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
47. Basement below statue chamber, looking northwest. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
48. Basement below statue chamber, looking southwest. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
49. Basement below steps, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
50. Basement below steps, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
51. Basement below west terrace, looking south. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
52. Basement below west terrace, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
53. Basement below east terraces. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
54. Basement below east terraces. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
55. Basement below east terraces. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
56. Basement below east terraces. Jet Lowe, photographer; 3 June 1991.
57. Basement below east terraces. Jet Lowe. photographer; 3 June 1991.
58. Detail of north pedestal. Jet Lowe, photographer; 1 April 1992.
59. Detail of north pedestal. Jet Lowe, photographer; 1 April 1992.
60. View of south tripod, from the east. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 March 1993.
61. View of south tripod, from the east. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 March 1993.
62. View of south tripod, from the south. Mark Schara, photographer; 2 March 1993.
63. View of south tripod, from the south. Mark Schara, photographer; 2 March 1993.
64. View of south tripod, from the south. Mark Schara, photographer; 2 March 1993.
65. View of south tripod, from the south. Mark Schara, photographer; 2 March 1993.
66. View of south tripod, from the south. Mark Schara, photographer; 2 March 1993.
67. Detail of east elevation. Mark Schara, photographer; 18 December 1992.
68. Detail of east soffit. Mark Schara, photographer; 18 December 1992.
69. Detail of soffit at southwest corner. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 April 1992.
70. View of south entablature frieze. Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
71. Detail of south entablature frieze (typical wreath #1). Mark Schara, photographer; 29 July 1992.
72. Detail of south entablature frieze (typical wreath #1). Mark Schara, photographer; 17 June 1992.
73. Detail of south entablature frieze (typical wreath #2). Mark Schara, photographer; 26 May 1992.
74. Detail of south entablature frieze (typical wreath #3). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 April 1992.
75. Detail of east entablature frieze (Delaware). Mark Schara and Mellonee Rheams, photographers; 21 May 1992.
76. Detail of east entablature frieze (Pennsylvania). Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
77. Detail of east entablature frieze (New Jersey). Mark Schara and Mellonee Rheams, photographers; 21 May 1992.
78. Detail of east entablature frieze (New Hampshire). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 July 1992.
79. Detail of east entablature frieze (Virginia). Mark Schara, photographer; 29 July 1992.
80. Detail of east entablature frieze (New York). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 July 1992.
81. Detail of north entablature frieze (North Carolina). Mark Schara and Dana Lockett, photographers; 11 May 1992.
82. Detail of north entablature frieze (Rhode Island). Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
83. Detail of north entablature frieze (Vermont). Mark Schara and Mellonee Rheams, photographers; 14 May 1992.
84. Detail of north entablature frieze (Kentucky). Mark Schara, photographer; 9 June 1992.
85. Detail of north entablature frieze (Tennessee). Mark Schara, photographer; 28 July 1992.
86. Detail of north entablature frieze (Louisiana). Mark Schara, photographer; 28 July 1992.
87. Detail of west entablature frieze (Indiana). Mark Schara and Jose Raul Vazquez, photographers; 18 May 1992.
88. Detail of west entablature frieze (Mississippi). Jet Lowe, photographer; 27 April 1992.
89. Detail of west entablature frieze (Illinois). Mark Schara and Mellonee Rheams, photographers; 18 May 1992.
90. Detail of west entablature frieze (Maine). Mark Schara, photographer; 12 June 1992.
91. Detail of west entablature frieze (Arkansas). Mark Schara, photographer; 27 July 1992.
92. Detail of west entablature frieze (Michigan). Mark Schara, photographer; 30 July 1992.
93. Detail of west entablature frieze (Florida). Mark Schara, photographer; 4 August 1992.
94. Detail of west entablature frieze (Texas). Mark Schara, photographer; 5 August 1992.
95. Detail of west entablature frieze (Iowa). Mark Schara, photographer; 11 August 1992.
96. Detail of south entablature frieze (Wisconsin). Mark Schara and Mellonee Rheams, photographers; 18 May 1992.
97. Detail of south entablature frieze (California). Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
98. Detail of south entablature frieze (Minnesota). Mark Schara and Jose Raul Vazquez, photographers; 18 May 1992.
99. Detail of south entablature frieze (Oregon). Mark Schara, photographer; 26 May 1992.
100. Detail of south entablature frieze (Kansas). Mark Schara, photographer; 17 June 1992.
101. Detail of south entablature frieze (Nevada). Mark Schara, photographer; 27 July 1992.
102. View of south cornice. Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
103. Detail of south cornice (corner antefix). Jet Lowe, photographer; 13 April 1992.
104. Detail of south cornice (lion's head). Jet Lowe, photographer; 13 April 1992.
105. Detail of south cornice (rose and antefix). Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
106. Detail of south cornice (antefix). Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
107. Detail of south cornice (antefix). Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
108. Detail of west cornice (rose). Mark Schara, photographer; 23 July 1992.
109. Detail of west cornice (rose). Mark Schara, photographer; 4 August 1992.
110. View of southwest corner antefix from above. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 September 1992.
111. Detail of south cornice (lion's head from side). Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 april 1992.
112. View of southwest corner of attic parapet. Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
113. Detail of west attic frieze (tripod above Delaware). Jet Lowe, photographer; 27 April 1992.
114. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above Delaware). Mark Schara and Mellonee Rheams, photographers; 14 May 1992.
115. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above Pennsylvania). Mark Schara and Dana Lockett, photographers; 6 May 1992.
116. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above New Jersey). Mark Schara, photographer; 26 May 1992.
117. Detail of west attic frieze (eagle above New Jersey). Mark Schara and Dana Lockett, photographers; 11 May 1992.
118. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above Georgia). Mark Schara, photographer; 10 June 1992.
119. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above Connecticut). Mark Schara, photographer; 17 June 1992.
120. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above Massachusetts). Mark Schara, photographer; 26 May 1992.
121. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above Maryland). Mark Schara, photographer; 10 June 1992.
122. Detail of west attic frieze (festoon above South Carolina). Mark Schara, photographer; 17 June 1992.
123. Detail of south attic frieze (tripod above Tennessee). Mark Schara, photographer; 27 July 1992.
124. Detail of south attic frieze (festoon above Tennessee). Mark Schara, photographer; 4 August 1992.
125. Detail of south attic frieze (festoon above Ohio). Mark Schara, photographer; 5 August 1992.
126. Detail of south attic frieze (festoon above Louisiana). Mark Schara, photographer; 30 July 1992.
127. Detail of south attic frieze (eagle above Louisiana). Mark Schara, photographer; 11 August 1992.
128. Detail of south attic frieze (festoon above Indiana). Mark Schara, photographer; 4 August 1992.
129. Detail of south attic frieze (festoon above Mississippi). Mark Schara, photographer; 5 August 1992.
130. View of south attic parapet. Jet Lowe, photographer; 7 April 1992.
131. View of statue from the east. Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
132. View of interior west wall. Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
133. View of inscription on interior west wall. Mark Schara, photographer; 24 November 1992.
134. View of statue from the southeast. Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
135. View of interior south wall (Gettysburg Address). Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
136. Detail of interior south wall (frond). Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
137. Detail of interior south wall (eagle). Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
138. Detail of interior south wall (laurel wreath). Jet Lowe, photographer; 2 April 1992.
139. Detail of south wall mural, left panel (Justice and Law). Jet Lowe, photographer; 11 June 1992.
140. Detail of south wall mural, center panel (Freedom and Liberty). Jet Lowe, photographer; 11 June 1992.
141. Detail of south wall mural, right panel (Immortality). Jet Lowe, photographer; 11 June 1992.
142. View of interior north wall (Second Inaugural Address). Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
143. Detail of interior north wall (fasces). Jet Lowe, photographer; 29 April 1992.
144. Detail of interior north wall (fasces). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 October 1992.
145. Detail of interior north wall (cornice above address). Mark Schara, photographer; 21 September 1992.
146. Detail of interior north wall (cornice above address). Mark Schara, photographer; 21 September 1992.
147. Detail of interior north wall (laurel wreath). Jet Lowe, photographer; 2 April 1992.
148. Detail of interior north wall (laurel and pine wreaths). Jet Lowe, photographer; 2 April 1992.
149. Detail of north wall mural, left panel (Fraternity). Jet Lowe, photographer; 11 June 1992.
150. Detail of north wall mural, center panel (Unity). Jet Lowe, photographer; 11 June 1992.
151. Detail of north wall mural, right panel (Charity). Mark Schara, photographer; 21 September 1992.
152. Detail of interior column base. Mark Schara, photographer; 28 September 1992.
153. Detail of interior column capital (from below). Mark Schara, photographer; 21 September 1992.
154. Detail of interior column capital. Mark Schara, photographer; 21 September 1992.
155. Detail of interior column capital (from below). Mark Schara, photographer; 28 September 1992.
156. Detail of interior entablature. Mark Schara, photographer; 21 September 1992.
157. Detail of interior cornice (at corner). Mark Schara, photographer; 13 October 1992.
158. Detail of interior cornice (at center of wall). Mark Schara, photographer; 21 September 1992.
159. Detail of interior cornice (from below). Mark Schara, photographer; 13 October 1992.
160. View of interior colonnade, looking south. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 December 1992.
161. View of east wall of south chamber. Mark Schara, photographer; 30 October 1992.
162. View of south chamber ceiling. Mark Schara, photographer; 13 October 1992.
163. View of center chamber ceiling. Mark Schara, photographer; 13 October 1992.
164. Ceiling detail (typical opening). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 October 1992.
165. Ceiling detail (9-leaf beam from below). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
166. Ceiling detail (11-leaf beam from below). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
167. Ceiling detail (12-leaf beam from below, intermediate bay). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
168. Ceiling detail (12-leaf beam from below, center bay). Mark Schara, photographer; 10 December 1992.
169. Ceiling detail (flowers). Mark Schara, photographer; 30 October 1992.
170. Ceiling detail (beginning laurel panel, center chamber). Mark Schara, photographer; 30 October 1992.
171. Ceiling detail (beginning laurel panel, side chambers). Mark Schara, photographer; 14 October 1992.
172. Ceiling detail (middle laurel panel). Mark Schara, photographer; 14 October 1992.
173. Ceiling detail (ending laurel panel). Mark Schara, photographer; 14 October 1992.
174. Ceiling detail (beginning oak panel, center chamber). Mark Schara, photographer; 30 October 1992.
175. Ceiling detail (beginning oak panel, side chambers). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 October 1992.
176. Ceiling detail (middle oak panel). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 October 1992.
177. Ceiling detail (ending oak panel). Mark Schara, photographer; 15 October 1992.
178. Ceiling detail (side view of north-south girder at end). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
179. Ceiling detail (side view of north-south girder at center). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
180. Ceiling detail (side view of 9-leaf beam). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
181. Ceiling detail (side view of 11-leaf beam). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
182. Ceiling detail (side view of 12-leaf beam, intermediate bay). Mark Schara, photographer; 25 November 1992.
183. Ceiling detail (side view of 12-leaf beam, center bay). Mark Schara, photographer; 10 December 1992.
184. Basement below south chamber, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 30 April 1992.
185. Basement below south chamber, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 13 May 1992.
186. Basement below center chamber, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 13 May 1992.
187. Basement below center chamber, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 13 May 1992.
188. Basement below center chamber, looking east. Jet Lowe, photographer; 13 May 1992.
189. Basement below center chamber, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 15 July 1992.
190. Basement below center chamber, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
191. Basement below center chamber, looking northeast. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
192. Basement below center chamber, looking northwest. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
193. Basement below center chamber, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
194. Basement below center chamber, looking northwest. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
195. Basement below center chamber, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
196. Basement below center chamber, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 15 July 1992.
197. Basement below steps, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
198. Basement below steps, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
199. Basement below steps, looking northwest. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 May 1992.
200. Basement below south terrace, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 15 July 1992.
201. Basement below south terrace, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 July 1992.
202. Basement below west terrace, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 July 1992.
203. Basement below west terrace, looking north. Jet Lowe, photographer; 14 July 1992.
204. Basement below north terrace, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 15 July 1992.
205. Basement below north terrace, looking west. Jet Lowe, photographer; 15 July 1992.
206. Lincoln statue, east view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 March 1995.
207. Lincoln statue, east view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 March 1995.
208. Lincoln statue, east view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 30 March 1995.
209. Lincoln statue, east view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 March 1995.
210. Lincoln statue, east view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 4 April 1995.
211. Lincoln statue, east view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 10 March 1995.
212. Lincoln statue, east view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 4 April 1995.
213. Lincoln statue, south view. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
214. Lincoln statue, south view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
215. Lincoln statue, south view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 30 March 1995.
216. Lincoln statue, south view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
217. Lincoln statue, south view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
218. Lincoln statue, south view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 5 May 1995.
219. Lincoln statue, south view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 5 May 1995.
220. Lincoln statue, north view. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
221. Lincoln statue, north view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
222. Lincoln statue, north view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 30 March 1995.
223. Lincoln statue, north view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
224. Lincoln statue, north view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 14 March 1995.
225. Lincoln statue, north view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 5 May 1995.
226. Lincoln statue, west view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 25 April 1995.
227. Lincoln statue, west view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 25 April 1995.
228. Lincoln statue, west view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 25 April 1995.
229. Lincoln statue, west view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 25 April 1995.
230. Lincoln statue, west view, detail. Mark Schara, photographer; 25 April 1995.
231. Lincoln statue, view from above. Dana Lockett, photographer; 25 April 1995.
232. Lincoln statue, view from above. Dana Lockett, photographer; 25 April 1995.
233. Lincoln statue, view from above. Dana Lockett, photographer; 25 April 1995.
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