Washington Monument for Kids

The Washington Monument, a large obelisk made of sandstone, marble, and granite, was built for first president and war hero George Washington. Designed by architect Robert Mills, the cornerstone of the monument was set in 1848, though construction lasted for 36 years. It was finally dedicated on February 21, 1885.

Upon its completion, the Washington Monument was the world’s tallest man-made structure at 555 feet tall. Although it is no longer the tallest man-made structure in the world, it remains the tallest man-made structure in Washington and is visible throughout much of the city, and even into parts of Virginia and Maryland. 56 flags fly at the base of the monument, one for each state and one for each territory of the United States. In addition, the Washington Monument is one of the most popular landmarks in Washington. Over 800,000 people visit each year.