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    Washington Monument & Museum

    by Africancrab Written Aug 14, 2012

    This Landmark is currently closed, its been closed since 2010 so there is no access to the inside. No one seems to know why the monument is closed, but I found out online that there was a car crash that damaged the fence in early 2010. Nonetheless we were able to see it from the outside. It was the very first planned memorial to commemorate George Washington, one of the founding fathers of the nation. It precedes the one in Washington, DC. It is located across the street from Walter's Art Museum in Mount Vernon.

    It was designed in 1829 by architect Robert Mills. Since we did not go inside, I can not confirm or deny the fact that there are 228 or 239 stairs to the top; I will say I was really bummed not to be able to go inside. No idea when it will be reopened to the public. But should you visit while it is opened, remember to be in good physical shape prior to attempting the climb. It is a great memorial, I look forward to going back before leaving the East coast.

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    Washington Monument

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 15, 2011

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    A trivia question: what do the Washington Monuments in Baltimore and nearby DC have in common besides honoring America's first president?

    Answer: both were designed by one man, Robert Mills.

    The one in Baltimore completed in 1815 - predating its taller DC counterpart by more than 60 years - may not be as tall and grand, but its intent is no less significant - to commemorate and honor George Washington and his legacy.

    Visitors could climb the monument's 200+ steps for grand views of the city, and there is a museum at the ground floor. Inclement weather, however, precluded me from doing these things (I love going up towers and monuments - mainly for photographic reasons - in my travels). Perhaps next time.

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    George Washington Monument

    by Gillybob Written Mar 9, 2010

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    Designed by Robert Mills, this George Washington Monument was installed on 25 November 1829 at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Washington Places.

    The white marble tower, stretching to a height of 160 feet, is capped by a George Washington statue by Italian sculptor Enrico Causici.

    The low, rectangular base contains a museum and 228 steps lead up a spiral staircase to the top of the column where views of the city can be enjoyed.

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    The original Washington Monument

    by etfromnc Updated Nov 10, 2009

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    Baltimore's Washington Monument pre-dates the more famous one in Washington, DC by more than 50 years and is generally regarded as the first one in the country. The marble tower rises 178 feet (the DC one is 555 feet tall) from the highest point in Baltimore. When it was built, ships entering the harbor could see the monument, which is about a mile from the Inner Harbor but with ever taller buildings being built in Baltimore that sighting is no longer possible.

    Just 10 years after George Washington died in 1799, a group of Baltimore citizens raised $100,000 for Baltimore's monument. Robert Mills, who later became architect of the more famous Washington Monument, designed Baltimore's tribute to Washington. Concept to completion required 30 years. The relatively simple monument consists of a Doric column rising from a square base and two semi-circular stairways (with 228 steps) leading to a small observation platform with a statue of Washington in a Roman toga at the top. The first time I saw it I had to ask who it was.

    There is a small museum which rather briefly chronicles Washington's life as well as the history of the monument. When first constructed that relatively small platform at the top allowed the climber a panoramic view of the city. Today that view is increasingly constrained for the same reason that the monument can no longer be seen from the harbor.

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    Washington Monument Fountain

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    Another lovely feature of the monument is the beautiful fountain behind it. I think it gets overlooked frequently. Be sure to walk around it and check out all the wonderful historical markers also.

    In 1810 citizens of Baltimore wanted to build a monument dedicated to George Washington. So they held a lottery to help raise the funds needed and picked Robert Mills, a native of Charleston, South Carolina was awarded the commission for the Monument in 1815. Mr. Mills had a very designed of huge columns. The residents that were next to the first proposed site feared it would eventually fall down and attract lightening no less. So Colonel John Eager Howard donated another site Howards Woods far from any other structures to relieve fears. Construction lasted 15 years, but with soaring cost the enormous monument that was planned was scaled down to what the existing monument you see today. Maybe it is not as elaborated as the one that was planned, but this monument is beautifully down and would make George proud I think.

    Yet during construction they still needed a sculpture to design the figure of George Washington on the top of the tower. So Enrico Causici of Verona, Italy, was selected since he had sculpted several panels of the Rotunda of the United States Capitol. Causici created the statue of Washington out of three blocks of marble weighing about seven tons each and once again due to budget restraints he created a more simple design to grace the top of the tower. The sculpture depicts Washington resigning his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental armies. It was completed when the sculpture (approximately 16 feet high) sat on top of the 160 foot high column proudly on November 25, 1829.

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    Washington Monument & Mount Vernon Place

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    This monument is the first US Heroic and Civil Monument to be built in honor of George Washington in the country and you can go inside and climb 228 steps to see a wonderful view of downtown in the 178 foot tower.

    Open Wednesday thru Sunday 10 til 4.

    In 1810 citizens of Baltimore wanted to build a monument dedicated to George Washington. So they held a lottery to help raise the funds needed and picked Robert Mills, a native of Charleston, South Carolina was awarded the commission for the Monument in 1815. Mr. Mills had a very designed of huge columns. The residents that were next to the first proposed site feared it would eventually fall down and attract lightening no less. So Colonel John Eager Howard donated another site Howards Woods far from any other structures to relieve fears. Construction lasted 15 years, but with soaring cost the enormous monument that was planned was scaled down to what the existing monument you see today. Maybe it is not as elaborated as the one that was planned, but this monument is beautifully down and would make George proud I think.

    Yet during construction they still needed a sculpture to design the figure of George Washington on the top of the tower. So Enrico Causici of Verona, Italy, was selected since he had sculpted several panels of the Rotunda of the United States Capitol. Causici created the statue of Washington out of three blocks of marble weighing about seven tons each and once again due to budget restraints he created a more simple design to grace the top of the tower. The sculpture depicts Washington resigning his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental armies.

    It was completed when the sculpture (approximately 16 feet high) sat on top of the 160 foot high column proudly on November 25, 1829.

    Has a very pretty garden around it!
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    Washington and Lafayette Monuments

    by Tom_Fields Written Jul 20, 2008

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    One of Baltimore's landmarks, something every visitor should see, is the George Washington Monument in the Mt Vernon Cultural District. Plainly visible from anywhere on North Charles St, it's the city's grandest monument.

    Begun in 1815, it was designed by Charleston architect Robert Mills. Mills also designed a number of historic buildings in Washington and Charleston, including the Washington Monument.

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    The Oldest Washington Monument in the World

    by AKtravelers Written Dec 19, 2007

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    There is a more famous, taller and bolder Washington Monument located in the Nation's Capitol 50 miles south of Baltimore, but it is not the first Washington Monument. That distinction belongs to the column situated in the middle of North Charles Street. Baltimore's Washington Monument was built in 1799, the year of the Revolutionary War general and first president's death.

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    WASHINGTON MONUMENT MUSEUM

    by LoriPori Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    The Washington Monument, the first large-scale monument in the nation to be dedicated to George Washington, was built in 1815 and is in the center of Mount Vernon Historical District and is surrounded by stately homes that were built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Located at the back of the monument is the WASHINGTON MONUMENT MUSEUM which is open Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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    Mount Vernon and the original Washington Monument

    by acemj Written Sep 24, 2006

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    Mount Vernon is a ritzy area about 10 blocks north of the Inner Harbor. The center of it is Mount Vernon Square, a beautiful hilly space anchored by the "original" Washington Monument which was built prior to the more famous monument in Washington D.C.

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    Washington Monument

    by chewy3326 Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Baltimore's Washington Monument, on Charles St. in Mt. Vernon, can claim to be the first ever monument honoring George Washington, America's first president. While I was in Baltimore, I didn't walk all the way to the base of the monument, though I viewed it from a distance.

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    The Original Washington Monument

    by frankcanfly Written Nov 22, 2004

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    Even before it's completion in 1829, Baltimore's Washington Monument was recognized as the preeminent symbol of the city. Nationally, it ranked as the country's first major architectural monument and the first civic memorial to George Washington. Yet few people today are aware of it's historical importance and the profound meaning it held for 19th century Americans.

    Baltimore's 178 foot monument was designed by Robert Mills who called himself the first architect professionally trained in America. Most people are probably more familiear with another of Mills' tributes to Washington; the Washington Monument in our Nation's capital. Begun in 1848, the sister monument was finally dedicated in 1884.

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    Monumental City

    by grandmaR Written Aug 25, 2004

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    Baltimore has lots of monuments. They built the first monument to George Washington - 19 years before the one was built in Washington DC. It was completed on July 4, 1829.

    The square base is constructed of marble donated by Gen. Charles Ridgely of Hampton, and is inscribed with Washington's Revolutionary War victories. The monument is surrounded by an ornate circular iron fence, and topped by a 30-ton statue of Washington.

    It was built way out in the country on a vacant field donated by Col. John Eager Howard, so if it fell over, it wouldn't hurt anyone. (The city has since surrounded it) The money to build the Doric column memorial was raised by popular subscription, lottery proceeds, and by a final appropriation from the State of Maryland.

    There is a small fee to climb the 228 steps to the top. The top has bars on the windows. A son of a friend of my parents once climbed the monument on the outside.

    The ground-floor museum offers information about the construction of the monument (begun in 1815 and finished in 1829), as well as about the life and times of George Washington and early America.

    Every winter, Baltimore's Washington Monument is host to "A Monumental Occasion," when the monument is decorated with lights to celebrate the holiday season

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    This picture was taken looking down Charles Street. Charles street is the main city street (named after Charles Carroll the signer of the Declaration of Independence) which divides the west side of Baltimore from the east side.

    The only time you ever see Charles street completely empty of traffic like this is just about dawn - that's when this picture was taken. My mom had picked us up from the airport after we flew back from California, and I asked her to stop for the picture.

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  • Washington's Monument.

    by craftsman Written Sep 8, 2002

    At George Washington's monument in Baltimore, you get the feeling that the monument was built for Washington and not for making money from Washington. What do I mean? Well, there are no souviner stands, there are no vendors, in fact there are very few tourist. The monument is just there for the people.

    If your fit, I recommend that you climb the 400 some odd steps to the top and have a look out to the city.

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    Washington Monument

    by Jim_Eliason Written Nov 12, 2006

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    Built in 1829, this was the nation's first monument to George Washington. At the base is a statute of Lafayette.

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