Monday, September 15, 2008
Constructing our Federal City
The digital rendering, above, is of the U.S. Capitol as it looked in 1814. I thought you might be interested in a feature, recently published in the Washington Post Magazine, about the beginnings of Washington, D.C. From its swampy topographical origins to Pierre L'Enfant’s city plans to phased construction of major monuments and buildings, the story is interesting to architecture enthusiasts. Featured are Interactive reconstruction of notable landmarks and panoramic images of the federal city from 1791 up to today. Included are the construction phases of the US Capital building, The White House, Washington Monument and the Lincoln, Jefferson WWII Memorials. Video called “visualizing Early Washington” by the imaging Research Center at the University of Maryland is embedded in the main story. I learned that the Capital’s dome was not yet constructed when the building was burned by the British in 1814. Let me know what you think of this feature and if you’d like to see more like it or prefer posts only about souvenir buildings.