The Jefferson Memorial was officially dedicated in April 1943 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth. Architect John Russell Pope intended the design of the memorial, loosely based on the Roman Pantheon, to reflect Jefferson's ideals of freedom, independence, and equality. Although built at a time of increasing popularity of Modernism, Pope remained faithful to the dictates of Beaux-Arts classicicm. the exterior of the memorial is of Vermont marble and the interior of white Geogia marble. Model by Zach Moore.