Lost Symbol resources - Chapters 3,4 & 5
Here's the 2nd section of resources for the Dan Brown novel 'The Lost Symbol' which covers some of the most famous buildings in Washington, D.C. I suggest you read the chapter first before scrolling down to see the links.
This section covers the following chapters in the book:
To see the complete list so far, head back to the main Dan Brown's Lost Symbol resource page. And please add a comment if you have any other links you think should be added to this page!
The open air Thomas Jefferson Memorial was built between 1939 and 1943, with the bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson added in 1947.
The Lincoln Memorial is designed in the form of a Greek Doric temple and was officially dedicated in 1922.
Built in the style of an Egyptian obelisk, the Washington Monument remains the worlds tallest stone structure and world's tallest obelisk at 555 feet, 5.5 inches. When it was completed it was the world's tallest structure until the Eiffel Tower was finished in 1889. Construction on the obelisk was started 1848, but wasn't completed until 1884.
The Smithsonian Institute was founded as a result of a bequest from a British scientist James Smithson. It has over 136 million items in its collection across many sites and research centers. The first Smithsonian Institution building, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is known as The Castle.
National Statuary Hall
Located in the United States Capitol building, the National Statuary Hall (also known as the Old Hall of the House) was the meeting place of the US House of Representatives from 1807 to 1857. On display in the hall are statues of prominent citizens from each State. The Architect of the Capitol web page has more details.
U.S. Capitol Building
The United States Capitol building is situated on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Groundbreaking for the building took place in 1793, with George Washingon, dressed in 'massonic attire' laid the cornerstone. Many architects designed additions to the building over the years as it grew larger and larger, and suffered attack from British soldiers during the War of 1812. The U.S. Capitor Visitor Center has more details, an interactive map, tips on visiting, and so on.
Smithsonian Institute Museum Support Center
Until I looked this one up, I thought perhaps it was fiction, but indeed there is a 500,000 square foot facility with multiple pods located just outside Washington D.C. at 4210 Silver Hill Road.