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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 March 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C. 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, with completion in 1943. The bronze statue of Jefferson inside the memorial was added in 1947. The Jefferson Memorial is managed by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks division.

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. John Russell Pope made references to the Roman Pantheon and Jefferson's own residence 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, D.C.

Photo captured May 5, 2010.

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very nice shot. That blue sky makes the Memorial pop out.

9 Mar 2012 5:08am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super frame

9 Mar 2012 7:20am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous shot!

9 Mar 2012 8:47am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

perfect work
have a lovely day

9 Mar 2012 9:34am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A very clean shot Steve, lovely clarity.

9 Mar 2012 9:39am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture of this beautiful Memorial. Excellent clarity and beautiful light and colours. Well done !!

9 Mar 2012 11:06am

franz from Baden, Austria

a pristine image of this marvellous memorial! i found it just as impressive inside, with t.j.'s huge statue dominating the hall, and some of his wise words imprinted along the frieze !!

9 Mar 2012 11:41am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Really beautiful shot of the memorial, Steven - the colors are marvelous. I had no idea this was so larege.

9 Mar 2012 12:05pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very effective and beautiful photo of this important building.

9 Mar 2012 12:21pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful point of view and the circular dome with its classical columns makes a very striking memorial.

9 Mar 2012 12:25pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very beautiful ! Superb framing !

9 Mar 2012 12:49pm

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

a very perfect image of this structure - and the exposure is spot on!!

9 Mar 2012 1:21pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

perfect HDR work - gorgeous!

9 Mar 2012 3:22pm

Florence from Paris, France

This building is really extraordinary. I love its "smoothy" dome.

9 Mar 2012 3:45pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Very well taken, nice exsposure

9 Mar 2012 3:51pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A beautiful image. Perfect shot. Lovely. :)

9 Mar 2012 5:45pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very beautiful architecture... It looks so "clean" and pure ! Have a lovely weekend :)

9 Mar 2012 6:16pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

This is amazing, this building, especially with the people showing the massive scale.
I doubt if they ever will build such a building anymore for any person, living or dead !
Beautiful vantage point and photo. I have some books on the fine architecture designed
by Pope, he was truly a classicist !

9 Mar 2012 6:21pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

A very beautiful photo...I like the lush foliage, the people walking about and the crystal blue sky really brings out the memorial.

9 Mar 2012 8:01pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Amazing colors, wonderful photo !!!

9 Mar 2012 8:54pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! This is probably my most favorite memorial.

9 Mar 2012 8:57pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

great photo

9 Mar 2012 10:05pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


9 Mar 2012 11:19pm

tataray from france, France

Merveilleux ))

10 Mar 2012 9:12am

Kala from United States

Wonderfully composed photo - it looks like a postcard!

10 Mar 2012 8:34pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A fabulous shot, and the people and a sense of scale to the monument.

10 Mar 2012 11:32pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Great job!

11 Mar 2012 1:02pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom


20 Mar 2012 9:23am