Pope’s vision for Lincoln


Nearly half a century after Lincoln dedicated the national cemetery at Gettysburg, Congress appropriated money to plan a monument honoring his memory. Two of the nation’s leading architects, Henry Bacon and John Russell Pope, were asked to submit competing designs for a site near the Potomac River. This pencil, watercolor and gouche rendering by Otto R. Eggers was submitted in 1912 by Pope, architect of several Washington, DC, landmarks, including the National Archives Building. The design ultimately chosen for the memorial was created by New York architect Henry Bacon.

National Archives, Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital


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