Congress authorized the Lincoln Memorial in 1911. Construction took place
between 1914 and 1922. Architect Henry Bacon modeled his design on the
Greek Parthenon. Built into the design are symbols of the Union like the
36 exterior Doric columns representing the 36 states in the Union at the
time of Lincoln's death. Dominating the interior is Daniel Chester
French's heroic statue of Lincoln.
Inscribed on the south
wall of the monument is the Gettysburg Address.