D.C. in Photos: Old and New

The architecture of Washington, D.C., can take your breath away.

Some of America’s capital, of course, has been there for centuries. Museums and government buildings were built to stand forever, it seemed, as my dear wife Karen walked past their grand stature and impressive lines.

Built to stand.

Built to stand.

Some of it, though, has sprung up of more recent vintage, for a more spruced-up usage of the city.

The Newseum.

The Newseum.

Next to the National Mall.

Next to the National Mall.

Verizon Center, home of the Capitals, Wizards and concerts.

Verizon Center, home of the Capitals, Wizards and concerts.

All of it is interesting architecture.

Some of it sits next to each other, making for an eclectic eyeful, indeed.

Across the street.

Across the street.

Long and round.

Long and round.

Pretty city block.

Pretty city block.

The architecture is a microcosm of the people walking in front of it. So many differences to share.

Coming tomorrow: Travel (Metro and Airports)

See Thursday: Finale (Odds and Ends)

Do you prefer the old architecture, new architecture or a mix, and why? What would you design if you could? Which photo is your favorite, and why?

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32 thoughts on “D.C. in Photos: Old and New

  1. Mark, I love the cloud reflection photo! I think my son Dan told me that the regulations in DC forbid any structure over 10 stories, to avoid it becoming a city of skyscrapers. I guess there’s been a push by developers to do away with that restriction. I absolutely love DC and have to get back. (It would help if the Nationals start winning).

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    • From what I recall in the wayback machine of living across the state line, the planners didn’t want any buildings to come close to ruining the statuesque presence of the Washington Monument. I thought that was pretty wise, myself. Or maybe that was urban legend. Yes, the Nats are off to a stinko start!

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    • We wanted to see so many different things, this time was an “outside only” visit. (Except for the concert, restaurants, bars. You know.) Next time, the Newseum has made my list, Scott.

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  2. I love the look and feel of the old Mark. I’m not a fan of all of that glass mixed in. Yes, I love the reflection and all….but I just love the historical, the strong, solid feel of the older. I don’t mind the mix. I just prefer the old. My eyes are drawn to that first.

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  3. I like the side of the Newseum. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Because I like the words carved into it.) But I prefer old architecture when it’s truly old. I can’t believe all the construction going on while you were there.

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