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architect John Russell Pope, this beautiful Roman-style monument
was built to honor Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration
of American Independence, third president (1801-09) of the United
States, and Father of the University of Virginia.
on the Roman Pantheon, it is similar to the style Jefferson used
when he designed the Rotunda at the University of Virginia and
his home Monticello. Built on a site created from river-bottom
fill, the memorial was completed in 1941. Fifty-four Ionic columns,
each weighing 45 tons, surround the structure. The dome is constructed
of Indiana limestone, and white Georgia marble encases the interior.
The floors are made of gray and pink Tennessee marble. Inscriptions
from Thomas Jefferson's writing adorn the four panels on the interior
walls. The 19-foot high statue of Thomas Jefferson, by sculptor
Rudolph Evans, stands at the center of the Memorial Room on a
Minnesota black granite pedestal.
© 1995 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 1995 Bill Harrah