Washington, DC

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in Mid-Century Remixed

Washington, DC, is not all political wonks and Masonic conspiracies: It's also a highly walkable city, its diagonal avenues wide open to modern design.

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  The Tidal Basin is monument central. This view from the Jefferson Memorial across toward the Washington Monument is one of the city's most stunning. The cherry trees along the basin, which bloom each April to great fanfare, are one of the capital's most stunning natural displays and the greatest legacy of First Lady Nellie Taft.
    The Tidal Basin is monument central. This view from the Jefferson Memorial across toward the Washington Monument is one of the city's most stunning. The cherry trees along the basin, which bloom each April to great fanfare, are one of the capital's most stunning natural displays and the greatest legacy of First Lady Nellie Taft.
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  In the late 1930s Congress mandated an art museum for the National Mall, initially getting behind a design by Eliel Saarinen. Gordon Bunshaft would come to design that museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
    In the late 1930s Congress mandated an art museum for the National Mall, initially getting behind a design by Eliel Saarinen. Gordon Bunshaft would come to design that museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
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  Pierre L’Enfant’s city plan adores grand vistas, like this one on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
    Pierre L’Enfant’s city plan adores grand vistas, like this one on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
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  Modern master Richard Neutra built this house on the edge of Rock Creek Park.
    Modern master Richard Neutra built this house on the edge of Rock Creek Park.
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  Commissioned to be the headquarters of the US Pension Bureau and now home to the National Building Museum architect Montgomery C. Meigs’ brick building  was completed in 1887.
    Commissioned to be the headquarters of the US Pension Bureau and now home to the National Building Museum architect Montgomery C. Meigs’ brick building was completed in 1887.
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  Federal-style architecture dominates much of Washington, particularly the city’s monumental core. The Ronald Reagan Building is one such example.
    Federal-style architecture dominates much of Washington, particularly the city’s monumental core. The Ronald Reagan Building is one such example.
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  The perilous descent into Dupont Circle’s Metro station from the Q Street NW entrance is a popular photo opportunity.
    The perilous descent into Dupont Circle’s Metro station from the Q Street NW entrance is a popular photo opportunity.
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  The brick row houses of Logan Circle, at Vermont and Rhode Island Avenues NW, have a style distinct from those in other neighborhoods of the District.
    The brick row houses of Logan Circle, at Vermont and Rhode Island Avenues NW, have a style distinct from those in other neighborhoods of the District.
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  Moeller calls the National Mall  “a great big void.” The Smithsonian museums and federal institutions that ring the central green attract all manner of tourists.
    Moeller calls the National Mall “a great big void.” The Smithsonian museums and federal institutions that ring the central green attract all manner of tourists.
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  The fountain at Dupont Circle (bottom right) was designed by Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, who also collaborated on the Lincoln Memorial.
    The fountain at Dupont Circle (bottom right) was designed by Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, who also collaborated on the Lincoln Memorial.
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