The Building: Exterior
Features of the Lincoln Memorial
Architect Henry Bacon modeled the Lincoln Memorial after the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Bacon felt that a memorial to a man who defended democracy should echo the birthplace of democracy. The towering memorial is 190 foot long, 120 foot wide, 99 foot tall and constructed with a Colorado-Yule marble.
The Lincoln Steps and Plaza
The Building: Interior
The Lincoln Memorial interior is divided into three chambers (north, south, and central). Two rows of four Ionic columns separate the chambers. Gaze up at these 50 foot high columns. Wrap your arms around their five foot six inch diameter bases. The columns support the memorial ceiling, towering 60 feet above the floor. The glowing ceiling is framed by bronze girders, ornamented with laurel and oak leaves. Between the girders are panels of Alabama marble, saturated with paraffin to increase their translucency. Together these larger than life elements envelop the larger than life statue of Abraham Lincoln to create an atmosphere of quiet reflection and awe.
The Memorial Landscape
Reflecting Pool and Elm Walks
Building the Lincoln Landscape
While the Lincoln Memorial today looks as though it was always meant to be where it stands, the landscape of the Lincoln Memorial and surrounding grounds required decades of planning and earth-moving. Through six key periods of construction, the memorial and its surrounding landscape took shape out of the wetlands and mudflats of the Potomac.
Views and Vistas
Last updated: July 31, 2017