The first U.S. heroic and civic monument dedicated to George Washington was designed by Robert Mills who later also designed the Washington Monument in DC. The monument was just restored by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and reopened on its bicentennial, July 4, 2015. Climb the Monument's 227 marble steps for a great view of the city. Open Wed.-Sun. Check out our website for hours and to book your climb to the top. The Monument's gallery with interactive exhibits is free; the climb to the top $6.35. The historic parks of Mount Vernon Place are open dawn to dusk--check out the Conservancy's free summer programming on our website or Facebook page.