The Abraham Lincoln Memorial is an architectural wonder, and it’s also one of the most popular spots for visitors to see in Washington, D.C.
The congressional commission set aside to build the memorial was established in 1912 at a budgeted $300,000. The Washington Lincoln Memorial took ten years to build and was finally dedicated by President Warren G. Harding on May 30, 1922. Of particularly interesting note was Robert Todd Lincoln (then aged 79), the last living son of the great 16th President of the United States, was in attendance at the dedication.
The Washington, D.C., Lincoln Memorial was designed by the famous architect Henry Bacon, and the job of sculpting the 19-foot-tall seated statue of Abraham Lincoln was accomplished by the renowned artist Daniel Chester French. The Abraham Lincoln Memorial's Neo-Classically conceived, Greek temple structure measures 189.7 feet long, 118.5 deep and is 99 feet tall. It lies on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Two inscriptions are meticulously carved into the the memorial. They are key abstracts from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address.
The Abraham Lincoln Memorial D.C. is open to the public for free 24 hours a day, but for an official tour, the grounds are staffed weekdays from 8:00 AM to Midnight.