What's new at the Washington Monument is the restoration project that will repair
both the interior and exterior of the monument. In an effort to combine practicality and
aesthetics, postmodern architect Michael Graves designed a scaffolding system that
is a functioning work of art. The exterior of the monument will be shrouded in a blue
tarp, and lighted at night to give one of Washington's most recognizable attractions a
Washington Monument Interpretive Center Now Open on the Mall
An interactive center focusing on Washington - the man, the city and the monument - has opened on the grounds of the Washington Monument and will remain open until Labor Day 2000. It includes exhibits, videos, touch screen interactives and graphic displays. The Interpretive Center is part of the National Park Service's renovation plans for the Monument. Media: Call the National Park Service at (202) 205-1918.
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