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.
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