Proposal for the completion of the Washington Monument by Vinnie Ream Hoxie, c. 1876-78. Construction of the Washington Monument began in 1848 but was halted in 1856, leaving an unfinished stump on the National Mall for more than two decades. In the 1870s, various architects and others proposed ideas for finishing the monument, often in unexpected ways. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-113998.