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The Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, who was a founding father of America and the third president of the United States. The neoclassical building, designed by John Rusell Pope, is known for its round shape, white stone and high columns around the perimeter. Managed by the the National Park Service, the structure is located on the National Mall area facing the Tidal Basin. Construction was started in 1939 and was finished in 19432 with the bronze statue of Jefferson added in 1947. It is highly popular with visiting tourists to the capital city.