Laurel's Travels - Washington D.C. - June 20-27, 2007
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June 25, 2007
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June 25, 2007
On this day, I did a little sightseeing in the morning. It was overcast and drizzling most of the day therefore, most of the photographs I took lack a nice blue sky.

I took off from my hotel and went south on 7th Street heading toward the National Museum of Natural History.  After the museum I went to the Sculpture Garden and then headed toward the U.S. Capital Building.

Temperance Fountain

by Henry D. Cogswell
on the corner of 7th St NW and Pennsylvania Ave.


Northeast side of Stephenson Grand Army
of the Republic Memorial

Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Monument

In Indian Plaza at the corner of 7th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave.

A three sided shaft composed of granite blocks is adorned with high relief bronze figures on each side. On the northeast side of the memorial (photo at left) there is a female figure dressed in long robes tied at the bust, and a cape spread out around her. Inside the folds of her cape she protects a small child standing on her proper left. Her proper left hand reaches down and touches the child's proper left shoulder. The word CHARITY appears below the two figures.  See complete catalog entry in the Art Inventory Catalog - Smithsonian American Art Museum...

The National Archives

Located at Pennsylvania Ave and Constitution Ave between 7th and 9th St NW.
Visit The National Archives website....

National Museum of Natural History

The museum with the kid "wow" factor.

I enjoy natural history which is why I chose this museum, out of the many museums in DC, to see.

In the center of the rotunda is the African Elephant

The Kenneth E. Behring Hall of Mammals featuring 274 mammals in a variety
 of environments.  See the virtual tour...

Outside the Discovery Room.
A display about insects.

Dinosaurs and the Hall of Paleobiology

Inside the Fossil Lab.  There is a note on the side
 that says, "I am working on titanosaur dinosaur
 bones collected in Wyoming in 2005"
The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals
A cutaway of the Earth showing the different layers

Elbaite (with quartz, albite, and microcline)

Part of the Douglas Collection showing
azurite, malachite, calcite, cuprite,
brochantite, mottramite, paramelaconite, and
connellite collected in Bisbee, Arizona

National Gallery of Art
Sculpture Garden


Lucas Samaras
Chair Transformation Number 20B

George Rickey
Cluster of Four Cubes

Forefront: Joel Shapiro - Untitled
Background:  Mark di Suvero - Aurora

Alexander Calder
Cheval Rouge (Red Horse)

Tony Smith

Barry Flanagan
Thinker on a Rock

Sol LeWitt
Four-Sided Pyramid

David Smith


Roy Lichtenstein
House I

Looking out of the Sculpture Garden over
 the fountain (ice rink) towards
 The National Archives

National Gallery of Art - The West Wing

Located at 4th St. NW and Constitution Ave.  This photo shows the entrance facing the mall.

The United States Capital Building and Grounds


View the Capital Building on the west side
over the Reflecting Pool

Ulysses S Grant Memorial
The Memorial is located between the Reflecting Pool and the Capital Building

The Peace Monument
Located to the NW of the Capital Building in the center of a circular drive

Views of the Capital Building

The Unites States Botanical Garden

I did not have time to go inside the building.  Here are a couple of pictures of the front entrance and a garden that was on the west side of the building.  There was a sculpture exhibit going on at this time.

National Museum of the American Indian
Major General George C Meade Statue

The statue, located in front of the E Barrett Prettyman United States Court House courthouse at 3rd St NW and Constitution Ave, "is managed by the National Park Service and was created by Philadelphia sculptor Charles A. Grafly (1862-1929).

General Meade, a Pennsylvanian, was a noted Army officer during the Civil War and achieved fame in his defense of Gettysburg while commanding the Union forces. He commanded the Army of the Potomac in 1863. The statue is of marble on a marble base with grouped figures. Erected as a gift by the State of Pennsylvania at a cost of $85,000 under an Act of Congress January 21, 1915 (38 Stat. 1222), it was dedicated on October 19, 1927."

More on Meade:

Federal Trade Commission Statue

This sculpture, one of a pair found outside of the Federal Trade Commission Building, is entitled "Man Controlling Trade" and was completed for the FTC Building in 1942 by New York
sculptor Michael Lantz.

With the Washington Monument so visible around town, you can't help but have a little fun with it.  This photo is titled "Washington Monument Rising from Dome at Natural History Museum"
October 3, 2013