Abe gets a Facelift

Philanthropist David Rubenstein is giving $18 million to fix up the Lincoln Memorial. The 94-year-old Lincoln Memorial’s major renovation will include a new roof, second elevator and marble cleaning. The National Park Service also plans to create 15,000 square feet of visitor space tucked beneath the memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial draws more than 7 million visitors annually and is the most visited attraction on the National Mall. Enjoy the Atlantic’s collection of historic images of the Lincoln Memorial over the years, from construction to present-day.