"Untitled Rendering of Statue, Lincoln Memorial"
Untitled Rendering of Statue, Lincoln Memorial
Henry Bacon, architect, ca. 1910 Jules Guérin, delineator
Pencil and wash on linen
31 3/4" x 36 5/8"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital

Lincoln Memorial
Ideas for memorializing President Abraham Lincoln in the nation's capital were numerous and diverse. One proposal suggested a memorial road running from Washington, DC, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, while others recommended memorials at a variety of sites within Washington, DC. In 1911, despite criticism that the reclaimed land there was unstable, isolated, and subject to "malarial ague," the Commission of Fine Arts chose a West Potomac Park site for the memorial, located on an axis with the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. Henry Bacon's winning classical design was inspired by the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The 36 Doric columns around the outside of the memorial symbolize the number of states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death. Bacon's standing statue of Lincoln was supplanted by one of a seated Lincoln designed by Daniel Chester French. The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on Decoration Day (now Memorial Day), 1922

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