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The Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Location: 900 Ohio Drive SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue & Orange Lines)
Phone: 202-426-6841
Hours: Always Open, Rangers on duty from 9:30AM - 11:30PM

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, DC that is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third president of the United States. The neoclassical building was designed by John Russell Pope. It was built by Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction began in 1939, the building was completed in 1942, and the bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947. When completed, the memorial occupied one of the last significant sites left in the city.

Composed of circular marble steps, a portico, a circular colonnade of Ionic order columns, and a shallow dome, the building is open to the elements. Pope made references to the Roman Pantheon and Jefferson's own design for the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is situated in West Potomac Park, on the shore of the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River. The Jefferson Memorial, and the White House located directly north, form one of the main anchor points in the area of the National Mall in Washington, DC.

 
Thomas Jefferson History

In the midst of party conflict in 1800, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a private letter, "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." This powerful voice of liberty was born in 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia, inheriting from his father, a planter and surveyor, some 5,000 acres of land, and from his mother, a Randolph, high social standing. He studied at the College of William and Mary, then read law. In 1772 he married Martha Wayles Skelton, a widow, and took her to live in his partly constructed mountaintop home, Monticello. Jefferson succeeded Benjamin Franklin as minister to France in 1785. His sympathy for the French Revolution led him into conflict with Alexander Hamilton when Jefferson was Secretary of State in President Washington's Cabinet. He resigned in 1793. Read More

Thomas Jefferson Memorial History

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial structure in Washington, D.C., in the United States of America that is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third president of the United States. The neoclassical (Greek Revival) building was designed by John Russell Pope. It was built by Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction began in 1939, the building was completed in 1942, and the bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947. When completed, the memorial occupied one of the last significant (i.e. “buildable”) sites left in the city. Composed of circular marble steps, a portico, a circular colonnade of Ionic order columns, and a shallow dome, the building is open to the elements. Pope made references to the Roman Pantheon and Jefferson's own design for the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is situated in West Potomac Park, on the shore of the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River. The Jefferson Memorial and the White House located directly north, forms one of the main anchor points in the area of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Read More

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Image Gallery

The Lincoln Memorial has no fees or reservations associated with a visit. The public may visit the Lincoln Memorial 24 hours a day. However, Park Rangers are on only duty from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm daily. General visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is primarily available along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln sits immortalized in marble. An enduring symbol of Freedom for all, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope. The Lincoln Memorial is located at the west end of the National Mall. From the top of the stairs in front of the memorial, you have a great view of the Washington Monument and the US Capitol. View Gallery

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Gifts

The White House Ornament Collection presents The 2007 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Ornament. The 2007 Thomas Jefferson Memorial Ornament features the Jefferson Memorial surrounded by Washington DC's famous Cherry Blossoms. This holiday gift idea can serve as either a handsome Christmas display or a White House Christmas Tree Ornament. Whether you are looking for a holiday ornament, a tree ornament, or Christmas collectable, this gift will make any Christmas a White Christmas. Own a moment of White House history. See More Gifts

 
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