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Work to fix the monument began the day of the quake, and over the past year has included a seismic study, elevator repair, weatherproofing and, perhaps most famously, the rappelling of a difficult-access team along the sheer face of the monument to assess the damage.

After hearing that she would miss the official illumination ceremony, Thaise Hygino, 29, groaned aloud.

“I might have to come back,” she said. The music production student spends her time between Orlando, Fla., and Boston and had come to the District to visit family.

Ms. Hygino, an amateur photographer, said she enjoyed taking photographs in the District because of the architecture.

“It’s majestic and there’s all this history, but it’s still modern,” she said.