This Plan of Washington DC is from the Mitchell World Atlas of 1874, less than 10 years after the end of the Civil War, and before the formation of the District of Columbia. Many important buildings are marked on the map, and for some their footprints are shown. A very finely detailed, hand colored map. A beautiful gift.
In 1884, the Washington Monument was completed. It was built in commemoration of the President George Washington. The structure was created to represent the man himself, standing tall and magnificent over all, however unadorned. Constructed of marble, granite, and bluestone gneise, it stands as the world's tallest stone structure at 556 feet. The contributing marble was gathered mostly from the bordering state of Maryland. Construction began in 1848. A 23 year hiatus in construction occurred for various reasons, including lack of funds and the American Civil War. The total cost for its construction added up to nearly two million dollars. Talk about building such a monument while Washington was still in office had surfaced, but he brushed it aside, claiming the money could be put to better use.
Archival print from high-resolution scan. 12" x 15"