Built to house the international exhibits left over from the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876, it reflects the three principal requirements of this architectural type: to enclose a very large area, to present a tasteful, dramatic, and…

The District of Columbia War Memorial was constructed in West Potomac Park in 1931 as an open-air, circular Greek temple with fluted Doric columns supporting a round dome. The columns sit atop a raised base with two sets of steps leading up to the…

The United States Botanic Garden is rooted in the nation's heritage. During the late 18th century, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison shared the dream of a national botanic garden and were instrumental in establishing one on the…

The building was not fully completed until June 1911. The structure cost $3.5 million dollars. The Neoclassical style building was the first structure constructed on the north side of the National Mall as part of the 1901 McMillan Commission plan. In…

The National Mall Historic District encompasses some of the oldest and most iconic public lands in our nation. Its development reflects two seminal historic plans for the federal city – the plan designed by Maj. Peter (Pierre) Charles L’Enfant…

The National Mall is located in the area encompassed by Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues on the north, 1st Street, N.W., on the east, Independence and Maryland Avenues on the south, and 14th Street, N.W., on the west. No longer part of the…

The Grant Memorial is one of the most important sculptural groups in Washington. It consists of a central equestrian statue of Grant with two sculpted groups of military figures situated at either end of a large marble platform, which measures 252…

The site was located according to the building line established by the McMillan Commission's plan to restore L'Enfant's original plan of the Mall. The isolated, rectangular building designed by architect Charles A. Platt in the style of a Florentine…