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What is Wilmington’s link to the Jefferson Memorial?

Ben Steelman
Landfall temple

This gazebo at Landfall, also known as the Temple of Love, was designed by John Russell Pope. (Courtesy New Hanover County Public Library)

John Russell Pope (1874-1937), the designer of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, married Sadie Jones, the daughter of Pembroke Jones and Sarah Green Jones, in Wilmington. Pope designed a little Greek temple for his father-in-law’s “lodge,” now on the grounds of the Landfall development. Some people see this little temple, now a Landfall trademark, as an early study for Pope’s Washington monument.

Pope was a near-contemporary of Henry Bacon (1866-1924), the architect of the Lincoln Memorial, who grew up in Wilmington, designed several local houses and is buried here at Oakdale Cemetery.

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