December 5, 1999 |
The Washington Monument, which is undergoing a $9-million-plus renovation, will be closed to visitors beginning Monday, officials said. It is expected to reopen in the spring or later. The capital's tallest structure at more than 555 feet, the monument has been swathed in scaffolding and closed twice for four-month periods since work started in 1998. During the latest and final closure, two observation platforms will be refurbished, new exhibits installed and the elevator system improved.
August 19, 1999 |
The Washington Monument is a bit taller than previously thought. A team of government geodesists on Wednesday used satellites to take the monument's most accurate measure ever. Their preliminary finding was that it's 555 feet, 5.9 inches tall. Geodesy is the science of measuring the Earth. Previously, the height of the monument has been reported as 555 feet, 5.5 inches. It was last measured 65 years ago by government surveyors.
March 28, 1999
While the Washington Monument remains swathed in scaffolding, visitors there can visit a temporary exhibit that reviews George Washington's life and the monument's history and re-creates the view of D.C. from atop the tower.
January 11, 1999 |
A $2-million interactive center will open on the grounds of the Washington Monument next month and remain in place until Labor Day 2000, adding a temporary attraction to the Mall and completing the National Park Service's ambitious plans for the renovation of the historic obelisk. The center, a state-of-the-art facility donated by Discovery Communications Inc., will focus on Washington the man, the city and the monument.
January 10, 1999 |
Most of the celebrated sights of Washington, D.C., have to do with men, such as the beautiful monuments to presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, and the White House itself--never yet the home of a woman president. Even the giant panda enclosure at the National Zoo is a male domain, occupied by Hsing-Hsing, alone since the demise of his mate, Ling-Ling, in 1992. I've seen all the great monuments and given Hsing-Hsing my condolences.
June 14, 1998 |
The Washington Post of June 5 carried a Shirley Povich column in which the great man gently chided a colleague who suggested Mark McGwire is a better home run hitter than Babe Ruth. "Whoa there," Povich wrote. He then quoted Walter Johnson's reply when asked to compare the Babe's shots with those of Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg: "Lemme say this, those balls Ruth hit got smaller quicker than anybody else's."
May 10, 1998
The Washington Monument will reopen May 22 after the longest closure in its 113-year history, the National Park Service said. The 555-foot-tall obelisk, which offers a sweeping bird's-eye view of the nation's capital from its observation level, was closed Jan. 12 to modernize the visitors' elevator and install new heating, air-conditioning and ventilation. It will remain obscured by scaffolding during restoration work on its marble exterior, expected to take about two years.
February 24, 1998 |
The hordes of visitors who traditionally invade the nation's capital during spring break will be in for a surprise this year if they hope to view the city from the perch high within the Washington Monument. The 555-foot-tall tower, opened 110 years ago, is closed while crews clean its interior masonry and repair its aged elevator. It is not scheduled to reopen until late April or early May.