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    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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  Pierre L’Enfant’s city plan adores grand vistas, like this one on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    Pierre L’Enfant’s city plan adores grand vistas, like this one on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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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.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    Federal-style architecture dominates much of Washington, particularly the city’s monumental core. The Ronald Reagan Building is one such example.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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  The fountain at Dupont Circle was designed by Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, who also collaborated on the Lincoln Memorial.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    The fountain at Dupont Circle was designed by Daniel Chester French and Henry Bacon, who also collaborated on the Lincoln Memorial.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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  A decidedly stranger project takes shape on Massachusetts Avenue NW, not far from the Vice Presidential mansion and Naval Observatory—–the Kahlil Gibran Memorial, a District oddity.
    A decidedly stranger project takes shape on Massachusetts Avenue NW, not far from the Vice Presidential mansion and Naval Observatory—–the Kahlil Gibran Memorial, a District oddity.
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  Freeway Park, 1976,  Seattle, WA, Lawrence Halprin, Of recent efforts to declaw the park by ripping out a third of the waterfalls, Birnbaum says, “It’s like removing two of the Burghers of Calais! This was the first park built over a freeway in America. It’s magical and confrontational. Today you have to squint to get the impact; they’ve added garish plantings, removed benches to deter the homeless, and have plans for a sculpture garden, when the whole place is a sculpture.”
    Freeway Park, 1976, Seattle, WA, Lawrence Halprin, Of recent efforts to declaw the park by ripping out a third of the waterfalls, Birnbaum says, “It’s like removing two of the Burghers of Calais! This was the first park built over a freeway in America. It’s magical and confrontational. Today you have to squint to get the impact; they’ve added garish plantings, removed benches to deter the homeless, and have plans for a sculpture garden, when the whole place is a sculpture.”
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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. Megis’s brick building was completed in 1887.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    Commissioned to be the headquarters of the US Pension Bureau and now home to the National Building Museum architect Montgomery C. Megis’s brick building was completed in 1887.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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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.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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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.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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  Modern master Richard Neutra built this house on the edge of Rock Creek Park.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    Modern master Richard Neutra built this house on the edge of Rock Creek Park.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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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.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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  The perilous descent into Dupont Circle’s Metro station from the Q Street NW entrance is a popular photo opportunity.  Photo by: Matthew Monteith
    The perilous descent into Dupont Circle’s Metro station from the Q Street NW entrance is a popular photo opportunity.

    Photo by: Matthew Monteith

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