The Complete Washington DC Guide Series

The National Mall:

The Complete Guide

Mark N. Ozer

The United States was a new country. It was also a new kind of country. It had no king, royal family or nobility that could provide it with the sense of stability that comes from tradition. It found its traditions in the use of great architecture from the ancient world. These buildings on the National Mall in the City of Washington are similar to ancient buildings that had their reasons in their own time for the way they looked. These buildings in Washington are not merely copies. They also fulfilled needs in American life at the time they were built. It is important to understand how they came to be. Where they are, how they relate to each other on the National Mall and how they look are symbolic of their times. We can explore how the National Mall still fulfills needs for us in today’s American life although times may be different.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. The National Mall through History
    • 1.1. The L’Enfant Plan
    • 1.2. The McMillan Commission
    • 1.3. The Grant Memorial
    • 1.4. Development of The Union Station
    • 1.5. The Commission of Fine Arts
  • 2. The Washington Monument
  • 3. The National Archives
  • 4. The Smithsonian Castle
  • 5. National Gallery of Art
  • 6. The Smithsonian Museums on the Mall
    • 6.1. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
    • 6.2. The Smithsonian Museum of American History
    • 6.3. The Freer Collection
    • 6.4. The Hirschhorn Museum
    • 6.5. The National Museum of the American Indian
    • 6.6. The United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum
  • 7. The Jefferson Memorial
  • 8. The Lincoln Memorial
  • 9. The Smithsonian Museums at Gallery Place
  • List of Figures
  • Index
The National Mall