Lincoln Memorial 1 ,
Beginning in 1867, Congress passed a bill to erect a monument to Abraham Lincoln. A sculptor drafted the plans, but the funding was insufficient. In the early 1900’s five bills were proposed and defeated that would have funded the commission of the monument. It wasn’t until 1910 that one passed. Construction finally started in March 1914.
The design originally called for a bronze and glass grille, blocking visitors from entering the monument. In 1920, it was decided not to construct this feature. However, had it been built, it may have prevented the act of vandalism that occurred to the monument one month before I took this photo – which is why there is scaffolding around the statue.
Historic photograph National Archives
Modern photograph by Bryan Weinstein