News

Washington Monument glows again amid restoration

Washington Monument glows again amid restoration

The Washington Monument is lit while undergoing repairs Monday, July 8, 2013 in Washington. The National Park Service will light the monument each night at dusk while it undergoes repairs from the 2011 earthquake. It is expected to reopen in spring of 2014. Photo: Associated Press/Alex Brandon

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the Washington Monument is closed for earthquake damage repairs over the next year, 488 lamps will restore the marble tower’s glow each night on the National Mall.

The National Park Service lit up the monument for the first time on Monday evening — and will continue to do so each night at dusk. A crowd gathered on the Mall and at the Lincoln Memorial as the park service turned on the lights of a decorative design in sections, starting at the bottom. It took a few minutes for the lights to reach their full glow.

Philanthropist David Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to fund half the cost of repairs.

A blue, semi-transparent fabric has been wrapped around the scaffolding that surrounds the monument as it undergoes extensive repairs of its 2011 earthquake damage.

washington-monument2

Latest Headlines

in Local

Widow of Man Who Died in Parade Accident Files Lawsuit

Updated
WGAN-100x100

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ The widow of a man who was killed in an accident during Bangor’s Fourth of July…

in Local

Maine Bill Allows for Opting Out of Standardized Tests

GENERIC SCHOOL

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers are promoting a bill that seeks to ensure that parents can let their children…

in Local

Maine Senate Votes Down Bill to Name Labrador as State Dog

GENERIC LABS LARGE

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ An effort to make the Labrador retriever Maine’s official state dog has been dealt a blow…

in Local

Maine Fishermen Set Record $585M Haul in 2014

GENERIC FISHING NET

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) _ Maine fishermen set a state record with a catch valued at more than $585 million in…

in Local

Maine Panel Backs Bill to Ensure a Pint of Beer is 16 Ounces

WGAN-100x100

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A bill seeking to crack down on “cheater pints” of beer has overcome its first hurdle…

Tweets

  • 10h
  • 10h
  • 10h
  • 10h
  • 11h
  • 11h
  • 11h