Mad&Cat TOP FiVE: The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is clearly a familiar landmark to Baltimore School for the Arts Students; however, here are some TOP FiVE facts that you might not have known about this fascinating structure of history!

 

1. It was the 1st official monument to George Washington. The construction lasted from 1851-1829. The architect, Robert Mills, later went on to design the  well known Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

 

2. Last October, on Halloween Eve, a van crashed into a section of the important historical fence, built in 1838, surrounding the monument. 

 

3. The monument appeared in a brief scene in the movie …And Justice For All starring Al Pacino. 

 

4. In order to provide funding to build the monument, citizens held a lottery which raised $100,000. 

 

5. On the first Thursday of December, the Washington Monument has its annual Lighting Celebrationfor the beginning of the holiday season.

Here’s a picture from the lighting. You won’t want to miss it!

 

This year, the lighting will be held on December 1th! The ceremony starts at 7:00pm and the lighting will take place around 7:45pm. Festivities in front of the monument will take place earlier in the evening. Find more information about the Washington Monument lighting. Hope everyone is planning on attending! 

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