Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Washington, D.C., United States

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), one of the most important of the American Founding persons. Jefferson was the main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, governor of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia, American minister to King Louis XVI and the Kingdom of France, first U.S. Secretary of State under the first President George Washington, the second Vice President of the United States, and also the third President (1801–1809).

The neoclassical Memorial building on the Tidal Basin off the Washington Channel of the Potomac River was designed by the architect John Russell Pope and built by the Philadelphia contractor John McShain. Construction of the building began in 1939 and was completed in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson was added in 1947.

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Founded: 1939-1943
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Sharon Dell (2 months ago)
One of my favorite places to see in DC, it has a beautiful view of the Washington Monument and the White House. Gorgeous at sunset as it's set a ways back from the trees near the National Mall. I love the beautiful architecture, history presentation, convenient restrooms, and the variety in the gifts shops in the interior.
Robert Hobbs (3 months ago)
The Jefferson Memorial, an anchor to the National Mall sitting South of the White House and Washington Monument sits on the edge of The Potomac. This memorial is always the first of my day, standing somewhat by itself, fitted with Jefferson in the center, and articles of the declaration etched in the surrounding walls, its a perfect memorial to honor both Jefferson, the most notable author of the declaration of independence, and our other founding fathers. The views from here are spectacular, highly recommend starting here and walkng to the rest of the national mall for some awesome scenery. It is especially nice in spring at the time of the cherry blossoms, which lines the tidal basin that host this great memorial.
Robert Knox (4 months ago)
Don't forget the museum below with the gift shop
tay 1gvit (4 months ago)
Wish it wasn't under construction.
Pamela Wright (5 months ago)
Since it is being remodeled the geese have the run of the grounds.
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