With a week until the Fourth of July, I decided to focus on a major American achievement —
the return of overalls the Lincoln Memorial.
Sculptor: David Chester French
Also known for: DuPont Memorial Fountain, John Harvard statue (full oeuvre here).
Memorial, by the numbers:
- 35 – outer columns (one for each state in the Union at the time of the Civil War)
- 28 – blocks of marble carved by the Piccirilli Brothers that create Lincoln
- 9 – replicas of smaller “working Lincolns” French cast from the original
- 48 –
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- 7 – ranking on “America’s Favorite Architecture” list (2007)
- 0 – at the time of publication of this post, the number of times “Wedding Crashers” was named in the Lincoln Memorial Wiki’s section “In Popular Culture” (like, HELLO!?)
I overheard a tour guide say, “the story gets happier” when he described Robert Lincoln being able to attend the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. My footnote for that in my notes? “Haha.”