Dedicated in 1943, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial honors the legacy of our nation's third president and Founding Father. The Memorial sits at the southern end of the Tidal Basin, in direct line with the Washington Monument and White House and adjacent to the famous Japanese Cherry Trees lining the Tidal Basin. The circular, open-air structure features a shallow dome of 54 columns constructed of marble and limestone. Within the interior chamber stands a 19 foot tall statue of Jefferson surrounded by quotations from his famous writings carved into the walls. The Memorial is one of our nation's most iconic landmarks and one of the most visited on the National Mall.
At almost 75 years old, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial has undergone various repairs and rehabilitation efforts over the course of its life. Physical and programmatic accessibility improvements are urgently needed to allow for a full visitor experience.