The National Park Service has announced repairs to modernize the elevator system inside the Washington Monument will keep the monument closed until 2019.
The $2-3 million project is being funded by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. Ongoing issues with the elevator’s mechanical, electrical, and computer issues have kept the monument closed to the public since August 17. A National Park Service statement released Friday calls Rubenstein “a leader in the incredible legacy of private support for national parks” as he has given more than $49 million for 6 previous projects since January 2012.
Rubenstein’s previous donations include:
January 2012 – $7.5 million to restore the Washington Monument after the earthquake
July 2014 – $12.35 million to restore Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
September 2014 – $5 million endowment for the White House Visitor Center
April 2015 – $5.37 million to improve the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
February 2016 – $18.5 million to restore the Lincoln Memorial
April 2016 – $1 million to fund critical repairs to Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument