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Any earthquake damage left?[edit]

The article mentions some of the damage and the repair work, but it doesn't seems to say whether the repair work has been completed or if there is anything broken left. I came to this article precisely to see how far along the repairs are. Please add that information if you got it from a notable/reliable source. --TiagoTiago (talk) 16:43, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

See Post-Earthquake Assessment for a complete description of all damage to the monument, whether caused by the earthquake or weathering. The repairs began in late October 2012 and are expected to be completed in 2014, see [1] and [2]. — Joe Kress (talk) 01:12, 18 January 2013 (UTC)
Washington Monument EarthCam shows the current status of the scaffolding required for repairing the damage as well as a few archival images of the scaffolding from EarthCam. — Joe Kress (talk) 22:34, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Ottoman inscription[edit]

It would be really nice to get a reference for this chunk of the "Interior inscriptions" section.

"Another inscription, this one sent by the Ottoman government, combines the works of two eminent calligraphers: an imperial tughra by Mustafa Rakım's student Haşim Efendi, and an inscription in jalī ta'līq script by Kadıasker Mustafa İzzet Efendi, the calligrapher who wrote the giant medallions at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul."

Carptrash (talk) 00:34, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

The entry is already adequately referenced via refs 68 and 70, albeit with an incorrect page number and without titles (now corrected). See page 128 of The Washington Monument: A Technical History and Catalog of the Commemorative Stones and Sister monuments: Hagia Sophia and Washington Monument. I'm not sure if the "Ottoman government" is proper because the Stones citation states that it was provided by the Sultam of Turkey. — Joe Kress (talk) 22:24, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
I see from this article's history that Carptrash added the references to the uncited entry on 16 March 2013. I should have checked the history before commenting. — Joe Kress (talk) 19:21, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Quarry source[edit]

These two statements left me confused after I read this article:

One difficulty that is visible to this day is that the builders were unable to find the same quarry stone used in the initial construction, and as a result, the bottom third of the monument is a slightly lighter shade than the rest of the construction.

Phase One (1848 to 1858): To the 152-foot (46 m) level, under the direction of Superintendent William Daugherty.

Exterior: White marble from Texas, Maryland (adjacent to and east of north I-83 near the Warren Road exit in Cockeysville).

How is it that the source could be completely lost in 1878 but here in 2013 we have no problem locating the quarry, apparently to within a few feet?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Agentseven (talkcontribs) 15:44, 19 August 2013

The article's statement is wrong. The actual reason for the discoloration is that different quarries were used. I'm modifying the article accordingly. — Joe Kress (talk) 21:12, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

Aircraft warning lights[edit]

why is there no info on the addition of aircraft warning lights to the monument? 208.102.226.145 (talk) 06:58, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Has there been a recent addition? Do you have a source? Rivertorch (talk) 13:59, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
Originally, aircraft warning lights were installed in 1931 on one of the two windows on each of the four sides of the pyramidion according to Louis Torres on page 102 of "To the immortal name and memory of George Washington": The United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Construction of the Washington Monument. The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the Washington Monument (number DC-248) states on page 6 that the current aircraft warning lights (two on each side) were installed in holes above the pyramidion windows in 1958. — Joe Kress (talk) 00:53, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Current new News[edit]

Headline-1: Washington Monument to reopen for tours after nearly 3 years of repairs since earthquake

QUOTE: "WASHINGTON – With more than 150 cracks patched and repaired in its white marble, the Washington Monument is set to reopen for the first time since a 2011 earthquake caused widespread damage. The 130-year-old memorial honoring George Washington will reopen for public tours Monday. It's been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive restoration of the 555-foot stone obelisk. Now new exhibits have been installed at the top, and visitors can once again ride an elevator to look out from the highest point in the nation's capital. During the restoration, The Associated Press had a look at some of the worst damage from the 500-foot level. Stones were chipped and cracked all the way through in some places. Others had hairline cracks that had to be sealed." -- [I hear on the radio that half of the %15million in earthquake retrofit was paid by a philanthropist.] Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 15:37, 12 May 2014 (UTC) -- PS:FYI for future editing.

Tallest Obelisk in the World[edit]

Under Wikipedia's definition of Obelisk - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obelisk - San Jancinto Monument is a taller one maybe the tallest in the world

An Obelisk doesn't have to be stone. Just square and a pyramid on top. So the Washington Monument isn't the tallest.

Gworley (talk) 22:43, 20 June 2014 (UTC) George Worley

The San Jacinto Monument is an octagonal column with a star on top, so it's not an obelisk by any definition. Acroterion (talk) 00:15, 21 June 2014 (UTC)