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Popular D.C. Memorial to be Restored in 2019

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Feb 20, 2019 10:48:15 AM

Jefferson MemorialHeading to Washington, D.C. this year?  The good news is that one of the most popular memorials in D.C. is getting a facelift in 2019.  


Last week the National Park Service announced that the Thomas Jefferson Memorial’s roof will be the focus of a 15-month restoration project.


According to ABC-7, the project will consist of restoring the roof, repairing the stone, and cleaning the marble, as well as improvements to the gutters and downspouts.  


Since 2006, the National Park Service noticed dark-colored biofilm (a combination of algae, fungi, and bacteria) growing on the memorial.  The National Park Service announced that specialized lasers will be used to treat and remove the biofilm from the upper portions of the memorial.


Will this affect visitors and NationsClassroom tour groups traveling to the popular monument?


The good news it that access to the front of the memorial, including the steps, the chamber that includes the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the exhibit area, the restrooms, and the elevator will all remain open to the public during the restoration.  But there may be a few small areas, like the memorial’s east side, that will be closed temporarily.  



Topics: Historic Attractions, News & Updates

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