Washington Monument

Washington Monument (HM4T0)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.848', W 76° 36.941'

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The Washington Monument, constructed between 1815 and 1829, was the nation's first formal tribute to the leader of the United States. Following the custom of the day, the design was chosen in a competiton and the cost defrayed by a public lottery. The winning design by Robert Mills, pictured below was modified to the present simple column.

Themonument had originally been planned to rise from what is now the site of the Battle Monument. Cautious city fathers, fearing for their real estate should the monument topple over, urged a more countrified setting. John Eager Howard obliged, donating land from his vast estate, "Belvidere." Enrico Causici created the statue of Washington resigning his Army commission.

The four squares radiating from the monument were given to the city by the heirs of Howard. Embellished by fountains and statuary by Antoine Louis Barye, Mount Mount Vernon Place has been cited by architectural historians as one of the country's finest formal city squares.
HM NumberHM4T0
Series This marker is part of the Maryland: Baltimore City Historical Markers series
Placed ByThe City of Baltimore, William Donald Schaefer, mayor, rededicated 2008, Sheila Dixon, mayor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 9:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 360679 N 4351031
Decimal Degrees39.29746667, -76.61568333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.848', W 76° 36.941'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 50.88" N, 76° 36' 56.46" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 699 Washington Pl, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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