Learn more about the 2011 earthquake that shook the monument
Assessing the AftermathAssessments of the building revealed cracks, spalls, and displacements of stones and joints throughout the building. Using centuries-old stone masonry techniques and modern engineering science, the National Park Service and Difficult Access Team from Wiss, Janey, Elstner, Inc. assessed the damage to this one of a kind structure and planned for a precarious repair.
The Repair Plan
The repair work that followed ensured that all have the opportunity to ascend to the observation deck and to stand outside the shining obelisk and look up in wonder and amazement admiring the greatness of both the monument and the man whose memory it represents.