The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington: The City
National Mall and Memorial Parks
George Washington shaped many aspects of the nation's capital. He championed placing the capital along the Potomac River then personally selected the site. He chose architect Pierre L'Enfant to design the city. L'Enfant envisioned a capital with symbolically-placed key buildings, a cross-grid street system with intersections for future commemorative sites. At its center, L'Enfant planned a grand space known as the Mall, with the houses of government perched on its edges and a monument to George Washington at its cross-axis. The basic concepts of L'Enfant's design still can be seen today.
In 1836 the Washington National Monument Society held a contest to design the monument. Architect Robert Mills proposed a stone pillar, or "obelisk", rising from a low building surrounded by columns. This design was later simplified into the clean lines you see today.
Background: Plan of Washington, DC, 1792
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 53.376′ N, 77° 2.02′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 15th Street Northwest 0.1 miles from Madison Dr NW, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington: The Monument (a few steps from this marker); Washington: The Man (within shouting distance of this marker); A Monumental Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named A Monumental Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Raoul Wallenberg Place (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jean Hillery and Thomas Quadros (about 700 feet away); Smokey Bear Blue Spruce (about 700 feet away); Washington Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.