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June 21, 2007
 
On this day, our plan was to walk to The White House and the Lincoln Memorial and to see anything in between.
 
We exited our hotel on New York Ave and headed southwest toward The White House.


Building at
1100 New York Avenue


Office building located at
1201 New York Avenue


The New York Avenue
Presbyterian Church
 
Visit their website.....
 


Bond Building, 1400 New York Avenue
on the corner of
New York Avenue and 14th Street

Bank of America and PNC Bank
 on the corner of
 New York Avenue and 15th Street

When we got to 15th Street, we turned left heading south.  On our right was the Treasury Building.

Visit the Treasury website to find more about this building.....


Treasury Building - North side


Plaque on the wall outside the Treasury Building


Guarding our money outside
 the Department of the Treasury


Treasury Building - South side

Hotel Washington or W Washington DC
Visit their website.....

View of the Willard Hotel from 15th Street
Visit their website.....

View of The Capital Building facing
southeast along Pennsylvania Avenue

We then turned right to head toward the White House.  As you enter the President's Park, you will see the General Sherman Statue.

General Sherman Statue
Read more about this statue.....

View of the Washington
 Monument from the fence
 outside of the south lawn
of The White House

View of The White House
from the south lawn

First Division Monument with the
 
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
 in the background

Corcoran Gallery of Art

We left President's Park on the west end and found ourselves on 17th Street.  In front of us was the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Visit their website.....

 


One of the lion statues in front
of the Corcoran Gallery of Art


American Red Cross National Headquarters

National Headquarters for the Red Cross

We continued south on 17th Street and saw the National Headquarters for the Red Cross

Visit their website.....

General Simon Bolivar Statue

We meandered a little down C Street off of 17th Street, to get this photograph of the General Simon Bolivar statue, which is on the corner of C Street, 18th Street, and Virginia Avenue.  There is a small triangular shaped park there.



We then headed southeast toward
the Washington Monument.


General Simon Bolivar Statue


The Washington Monument

is the most prominent monument in the city.  You can see it just about anywhere in the city.

When I arrived in the city, the first thing I noticed was the absence of any buildings over the height of 13 or 14 stories.  Hmm... I thought... was it because there was a moratorium on any building that would block the view of the monument? 

Well the answer is yes... there is a limit on the height of the buildings in Washington, D.C., but it has nothing to do with blocking the view of the monument. 

It has more to do with the city planners of long ago not wanting to block the sunlight.  There is a formula they use having to do with the width of the street the building is on.

Read an online article by the Washington Post on this topic.......


Monument on top of head


Washington Monument "in hand" from the Lincoln Memorial

From the Washington Memorial you can see see the following views:

View of the National WWII Memorial, Reflecting Pool,
and the Lincoln Memorial


View of the Federal Triangle


View of the Smithsonian Castle

National WWII Memorial

The National WWII Memorial opened April 29, 2004 and is a memorial to all Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II.

The memorial consists of 56 pillars arranged in a semicircle around a plaza.  There are two pillars on each end titled the Pacific and Atlantic Pavilion.  Each pillar is inscribed with the 48 states (at the time of the war) and the 8 territories under US control.

The following are websites with more information about this memorial:

http://www.wwiimemorial.com/

http://www.nps.gov/nwwm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
National_World_
War_II_Memorial


Memorial Plaza

Pacific Pavilion

Atlantic Pavilion

Fountain at the National WWII Memorial

Pillars showing American Samoa, Guam,
Hawaii, and the District of Columbia


General Douglas MacArthur quote

The War's End
"Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy
has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies
no longer rain death - The seas bear only commerce -
Men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight.
The entire world is quietly at peace."



View of the Lincoln Memorial from the National WWII Memorial.  Reflecting Pool in the forefront

Constitutional Gardens and the ducks who live there
http://www.nps.gov/coga/historyculture/index.htm

The Vietnam Women's Memorial
http://www.nps.gov/archive/vive/memorial/women.htm

The Three Servicemen Statue

http://www.nps.gov/archive/vive/memorial/servicemen.htm

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C., is a United States Presidential memorial built to honor 16th President Abraham Lincoln. The architect was Henry Bacon, the sculptor was Daniel Chester French, and the painter of the interior murals was Jules Guerin.

The building is in the form of a Greek Doric temple and contains a large seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and inscriptions of two well-known speeches by Lincoln.

The following are websites with more information about this memorial:

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/
wash/dc71.htm


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Lincoln_Memorial


Lincoln Memorial

Statue of Abraham Lincoln

Urn at front of Lincoln Memorial facing toward the Washington Monument
 

Close-up of Urn at front of Lincoln Memorial
 

 


View of the bridge to Arlington National Cemetery
from the back of the Lincoln Memorial


View of the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW at the southwest corner from 14th St. NW
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Wilson_Building

Ronald Reagan Building and International
Trade Center from 14 St. NW
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Reagan_Building

 
 
 
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