Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Place
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote the Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture and the proposal for the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue, which President John F. Kennedy proclaimed on May 23, 1962.
He served in the cabinet or sub-cabinet of four successive Presidents, the only person in American history to have done so. He was United States Ambassador to India and later to the United Nations. He served four terms as United States Senator from New York (1977-2001), sponsoring the legislation that created the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
Federal buildings should “provide visual testimony to the dignity of the American Government.”
“The development of an official style must be avoided. Design must flow from the architectural profession to the Government, and not vice versa. Where possible, buildings should be located so as to permit a generous development of landscape.
“It should be our object to meet the test of Pericles’ evocation to the Athenians… ‘We do not imitate-for we are a model to others.’” Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture, 1962.
Pennsylvania Avenue is “The ‘grand
The city George Washington conceived “was not intended to be completed in the life of one administration, or one generation.” As “the Capital of a great nation: building it would become the work of the nation.”
"Pennsylvania Avenue should be lively, friendly, and inviting, as well as dignified and impressive.” The Redevelopment of Pennsylvania, 1962.
Erected by The Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation (PADC).
Location. 38° 53.707′ N, 77° 1.773′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW south of 13th Street, NW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the Federal Triangle, on the pedestrian walkway (extension of 13th Street), south of Pennsylvania Avenue and northwest of the Federal Triangle Metro Station. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Western Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski Arts and Artists (about 400 feet away); Freedom Plaza (about 400 feet away); Appointed Rounds (about 400 feet away); U. S. Post Office Department (about 500 feet away); The Great Seal of the United States (about 500 feet away); Preserving the Past (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
Also see . . .
1. Ariel Rios Federal Building (New Post Office), Washington, DC. (Submitted on November 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Urban planning; Federal Triangle; Ariel Rios Federal Building
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.