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Inquiry Question

Historical Context



Cartoon 1
Drawings 2a-e


Table of

Visual Evidence

Drawing 1: Robert Mills's design for the
Washington Monument.
Photo 1: The Washington Monument today.

[Drawing 1] with link to higher quality drawing.[Graphic] Photo 1 with link to higher quality photo.
(Library of Congress)

The design of the Washington Monument changed over time, and so the completed memorial has a very different appearance from what Robert Mills intended.

Questions for Drawing 1 and Photo 1

1. What ornate features did the original design include? What purpose do you think they would serve?

2. Is the monument built merely a copy of the first with the pantheon removed, or were other changes made to the obelisk? Why do you think as you do?

3. Does the resulting design still convey the Washington National Monument Society's original intentions (see Reading 2)? Which version do you think better represents the qualities that made George Washington so important?

4. Do you agree or disagree with Robert Mills's comment that the Monument would look like a stalk of asparagus without the Pantheon? Why?

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