Jefferson’s Symmetry

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a president’s memorial in Washington D.C., dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), one of the “Founding Fathers” and the main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence.

I was lucky enough to walk among the symmetry of the pillars in April of 2011.


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 contractor John McShain.


Construction of the building began in 1939 and was completed in 1943.

The Jefferson Memorial is managed by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior under its National Mall and Memorial Parks division.


As you may note, I was fortunate to hit the height of the cherry blossom season. It made a beautiful backdrop to a glorious memorial.

9 responses to Jefferson’s Symmetry

  1. LB says:

    I love this perspective on the memorial … that last shot in particular.

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