Washington Monument as it stood for 25 years, 1860. George did NOT want any monument erected for him; he chose to be buried on his home estate. He considered monuments to be objects of conceit and arrogance. In 1833, the 100th anniversary of Washington's birth, a group of concerned citizens formed the Washington National Monument Society. This started a process in 1888. (A 25-year gap in this picture and the "color band" we see to this day.) Photograph by Mathew Brady.