- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: December 1, 2004
See why it took a century for the famous obelisk to rise over Washington, D.C.
- The complete story of the famed landmark.
- Period documents capture the struggles to build the monument.
- Tour areas off-limits to the general public.
Alone among the presidential memorials, the Washington Monument does not feature a giant statue of the statesman it honors. Instead, the imposing edifice soars some 555 feet in the air, dominating the famous Mall and standing stalwart over the city center.
While millions visit the monument every year, few know the century-long story of its creation. MODERN MARVELS® travels from the 18th-century to today to reveal every aspect of the dramatic obelisk, from the first calls for its creation to the demands of keeping its Maryland white marble skin gleaming. Scholars detail the ceremony, conflict and inaction that dogged its creation, while National Park Service officials offer an all-access tour of the monument.