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Aia Guide to the Architecture of Washington, D.C.

G. Martin Moeller

Third Place Winner, Design and Effectiveness Award of the Washington Publishers

This lively and informative guide offers tourists, residents, and architecture aficionados alike insights into more than 400 of Washington, D.C.'s, most important landmarks. Organized into 19 discrete tours, this thoroughly redesigned and updated edition includes 45 new entries, encompassing the House of Sweden and the U.S. Institute of Peace, classic buildings that epitomize the city--the White House, the Capitol, Union Station--and a number of private buildings off the beaten path.

G. Martin Moeller, Jr., blends informed, concise descriptions with engaging commentary on each landmark, revealing often-surprising details of the buildings' history and design. Every entry is accompanied by a photograph and includes the structure's location, its architects and designers, and the corresponding dates of completion. Each entry is keyed to an easy-to-read map at the beginning of the tour.

From the imposing monuments of Capitol Hill and the Mall to the pastoral suburban enclaves of Foxhall and Cleveland Park, from small memorials to vast commercial and institutional complexes, this guide shows us a Washington that is at once excitingly fresh and comfortably familiar.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: May 31st, 2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Language: English
  • Edition: - 0005
  • Dimensions: 10.40in - 4.90in - 0.90in - 1.50lb
  • EAN: 9781421402697
  • Recommended age: 18-UP
  • Categories: Buildings - Public, Commercial & IndustrialUnited States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD,History - General

About the Author

Moeller, G. Martin: - G. Martin Moeller, Jr. (WASHINGTON, DC), is an independent curator and writer and the editor of ArchitectureDC. He is the author of The Favrot Family of Louisiana: A History over Three Centuries and the coeditor of Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete.
Praise for this book
Fitting easily in pocket or hand, it can guide people along 18 walkable tours and to a scattered miscellany of sites. A clear map locates each tour's 6 (Arlington Cemetery) to 44 (Georgetown) numbered sites, each with a photograph and pithy, often insightful commentary.
A cherished local handbook to the architectural history of the District. [Moeller] is a very judicious and reliable observer. The book is a mix of personal observation, history and lot of noticing details in a way that will prompt readers to look more keenly at the buildings around them. Essential carry-along reading.
--Washington Post
This handsomely illustrated guide covers not only the monuments of the Mall but also the diplomatic chateaux lining Massachusetts Avenue, NW; the churches, parks, and other monumental architecture that climb up Meridian Hill; and the 'brutalism on a grand scale' that characterizes the new FBI building and other bureaucratic monstrosities.
--Washington Times
The model of what a concise, attractive guidebook should be.
--Mid-Atlantic Country
Accessible to architects and tourists alike, and perhaps especially locals.
--Roll Call