Laser Cleaning at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in October 2017, after approximately 1000 square feet of the dome were cleaned of biofilm using laser technology. Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service.
Dates: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Location: 
Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, Rachel Carson Room
Fee: 
Free
Description: 

Laser Cleaning at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial: A Test Case and Evaluation
Over the last decade, the dome of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial has become rapidly and visibly soiled by biofilm. A multi-disciplinary

team of professionals has been studying the growth since 2014 to determine the best options for removing it. In 2017, the first test cleaning of the dome was suc cessfully performed using laser technology, specifically designed for heritage preservation. Join National Park Service National Mall and Memorial Parks Architectural Conservator Justine Bello to learn more about this test case and the state of the memorial.

Special Assistance - For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum staff at (202) 208-4743 in advance of the program. Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.

Building Access - All adults must present a valid photo ID to enter the building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.

Location - The Rachel Carson Room is located next to the basement cafeteria of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240.

Contact: 
Diana Ziegler
Phone #: 
202-208-4743