Jefferson Memorial
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The neo-classic dorm design of the Jefferson Memorial was based on Jefferson’s house, Monticello, and his architectural drawings.  The building was not to be an enclosed building in order to avoid competition with the Lincoln Memorial.  President Roosevelt turned the first shovel of dirt on December 15, 1938.  On November 15, 1939, the first corner stone was laid.  The building was built with “Vermont Imperial Danby” marble and “Georgia White” marble.  The floors were made of “Tennessee Pink” marble.  Inside the dome is a nineteen foot bronze statue of Jefferson standing depicting the age of enlightenment and he is looking out in to the world.  He holds a document portraying his role as a philosopher.

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