Jefferson Memorial Begins Construction

  • Jefferson Memorial Commission Convened - In 1934 Congressman John J. Boylan urged Congress to create the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission. Boylan was appointed the Commission's first chairman and Congress eventually appropriated $3 million for a memorial to Jefferson.
  • Jefferson Memorial Architect Chosen - The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Commission chose John Russell Pope as the architect in 1935.
  • Jefferson Memorial Begins Construction - In 1938, the Jefferson Memorial began construction. The neoclassical building was designed by the architect John Russell Pope and built by the Philadelphia contractor John McShain.