Geddes’ Mothers’ Memorial

The one good thing that came out of the Crash of ’29 was that it put the kibosh on John Geddes’s Mothers’ Memorial, a proposed monument to moms everywhere that thankfully never reached completion. The Mothers’ Memorial is just one of the many monuments, bridges, and other structures that were under serious consideration but never built in the District of Columbia. It gets worse. Here is what John Russell Pope had in mind for the Lincoln Memorial

Pope’s Lincoln Memorial

Also on exhibit is a London Toweresque bridge honoring Ulysses S. Grant put to consideration two years after the general’s death. The National Building Museum has these and other monuments to bad taste on display through May 28, 2012.

(Images/top, Library of Congress; bottom, National Archives)