(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A monument to the first Commander-In-Chief is getting downsized.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern explains from Washington:

The Washington Monument on the National Mall is nearly ten inches shorter than what's been thought for more than a century.

When the obelisk was finished in 1884, the height was measured at 555 feet and five and one eighth inches, a figure repeated for decades.

It's not that the monument is shrinking. Instead, measurement has improved. The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has a different base point that what was used in the 1880's.

Still, the monument is unlikely to be dwarfed. D.C. has strict building height limits.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.