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Lighting of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Showcases Partnership, Aesthetics and Energy Conservation

The National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and OSRAM SYLVANIA commemorated the installation of an improved system for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial October 23, 2001 at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Environmental Protection Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, Fran P. Mainella, director of the National Park Service, Superintendent Arnold Goldstein of the National Capital Parks-Central, Jim Maddy, president of the National Park Foundation, and Dean Langford, member of the board of OSRAM SYLVANIA and Co-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy, participated in the event. The ceremony, held just after sunset, acknowledged the partnership that made the project possible, and introduced the technologically advanced of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to the public for the first time.

The cost of the design, equipment and installation, estimated in excess of $900,000, was donated by OSRAM SYLVANIA to the National Park Foundation on behalf of the National Park Service.

The system, which uses 80 percent less energy and illuminates 30 percent more of the Memorial, employs the latest in lamp and control technologies. The public can now experience the effect of four areas illuminated for the first time: the memorial stairs, the pediment, the interior dome, and the interior dome text frieze. The frieze, which encircles the interior of the dome at its base, is illuminated by 17,000 light emitting diodes (LEDs).

Jefferson Memorial QuoteIn addition, the design enhances public safety, preserves the historic cultural landscape and highlights the numerous architectural features of this national icon. The control system will decrease maintenance while increasing system sustainability.

The project was designed by the Mintz Lighting Group of New York City and uses technology developed by OSRAM SYLVANIA over the last four years.

The Memorial is open to the public, with the best view of the illuminated memorial coming from across the Tidal Basin.

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The National Park Foundation ( is the congressionally chartered nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. Over the past five years, the Foundation has raised more than $78 million in support of America's National Parks.


About the National Park Service

The National Park Service cares for more than 380 special places saved by the American people so that all may experience their heritage. Demonstrating environmental leadership through it's actions, the National Park Service partners with industry and others to ensure that the legacy of parks is maintained and sustained in the most effective and responsible manner through the use of tools such as renewable energy, alternative fueled vehicles, recycled building materials, resource conservation and the use of energy-efficient products such as those employed in Lighting the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.