On this day, December 6, 1884, the nation’s architectural tribute to its founding father, Revolutionary War hero and first president, George Washington, is completed.
THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT
Made of some 36,000 blocks of marble and granite, the 555-foot obelisk was the tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion in December 1884. A city law passed in 1910 restricted the height of new buildings to ensure that the monument will remain the tallest structure in Washington, D.C.--a fitting tribute to the man known as the "Father of His Country." Fifty American flags surround the base of the monument, one for each state of the United States of America. [Source: History.com]