Capital Drawings: Architectural Designs for Washington, D.C., from the Library of Congress

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JHU Press, Oct 3, 2005 - Architecture - 253 pages
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Over the past ten years, the Library of Congress has cataloged more than forty thousand drawings, prints, and photographs that capture important developments in the growth of Washington, D.C., and its greater metropolitan area, including Virginia and Maryland. This elegant volume, a guide to the library's massive collection, offers an introduction to its content and a celebration of the ambitious project of designing the nation's capital.

Capital Drawings features drawings for some of Washington's most important buildings, monuments, and memorials—the United States Capitol, the White House, and the Vietnam Memorial—as well as anonymous structures of everyday life and ambitious projects that were never built. These newly available documents tell the story of the capital's planning and growth. Each of these "capital drawings" reflects some aspect of the lives, history, and values of its creators and sponsors.

Featuring essays from distinguished scholars in preservation, architecture, and history, Capital Drawings invites us to explore the history and development of a city and nation through the buildings, monuments, and public and private spaces that have given them physical form and symbolic meaning.

Contributors: Richard Longstreth, George Washington University; C. Ford Peatross, Library of Congress; Pamela Scott, American University; William Seale, White House Historical Association; Damie Stillman, Society of Architectural Historians; Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University.

 

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
10
Section 3
24
Section 4
88
Section 5
99
Section 6
100
Section 7
112
Section 8
114
Section 14
182
Section 15
185
Section 16
188
Section 17
194
Section 18
196
Section 19
198
Section 20
199
Section 21
200

Section 9
123
Section 10
134
Section 11
148
Section 12
166
Section 13
178
Section 22
201
Section 23
210
Section 24
217
Section 25
218
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C. Ford Peatross is curator of the architecture, design, and engineering collections at the Library of Congress.

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