Designed by American architect Henry Bacon, the monumental Lincoln Memorial was dedicated by the 27th president of the United States and tenth Chief Justice of the United States William Howard Taft on this day in 1922. A staggering crowd of 50,000 proud Americans gathered to watch the ceremonial dedication of Bacon’s statue carved from Georgia marble. Under Bacon’s guidance, the arduous project’s construction lasted for eight years, as the architect insisted on using a variety of rare stones throughout the structure. Drawing upon the principles of Gothic and Renaissance styles, the Lincoln Memorial is a prime example of Beaux-Arts architecture.
“In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” —
Lincoln Memorial Inscription