This vintage postcard shows the Washington Monument at night in the 1930’s. The structure to the left of the Monument looks to be a church and is no longer seen in present day pictures.
The Washington Monument, erected to the memory of George Washington, was begun in 1848 and dedicated in 1885.
It is 555 ft. high, 55 ft. square, and 15 ft. thick at the base, tapering to 34 ft. square at the beginning of the cap stone. Its weight is 81,120 tons. The total cost to build it was $1,275,000. It is made of marble, granite, and sandstone; and is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk.
The ascent to the top of the Washington Monument may be made either by elevator or 900 steps around the sides. Memorial stones presented by several States and Territories of the U.S., foreign governments, societies, orders, and individuals are inserted in the face of the interior walls.
The Washington Monument stands due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial. Seen by night, as shown in this vintage postcard, the view is imposing and inspiring.