WASHINGTON — The scaffolding is gone and the elevator that glides up D.C.’s famous 555-foot marble obelisk is running again. After a 33-month renovation, the Washington Monument on Monday reopened to the public.
When a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the ground here in August 2011, it left enduring cracks and other damage inside and outside of the monument. It cost approximately $15 million to fully restore the 130-year-old memorial that honors George Washington.
The cracks are fixed, the damaged marble has been replaced and the National Parks Service also installed new exhibits, according to Carol Johnson, the NPS Public Affairs Officer.
“I hate to say it, but it was a monumental task.” Johnson said.
The media were invited to tour the monument on Saturday. Below are photos from the top of the monument: