The world's best memorials.

The world's best memorials.

What we build.
Dec. 7 2005 7:03 AM

How Good Is the Washington Monument?

Our critic takes a walk through the Washington Mall.

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Click here to read a slide-show essay about the memorials of Washington, D.C.

Witold Rybczynski is Slate's architecture critic His latest book is The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum. Visit his Web site. Follow him on Twitter.

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