AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington DC PDF ↠

AIA Guide to the Architecture of Washington DC I have a thing for architecture and living in the DC area there is a plethora of options to explore here in terms of style I've enjoyed this book for a couple years now not reading it straight through but instead using it every once in a while before going into the district for meetings or fun The size is easy to stash in a backpack or bigger bag and it's very informative A rare instance where reading the book was defeated by its awkward printing format Only five inches wide and ten inches tall so it couldn't be comfortably opened and text got lost in the crease Too bad I liked what I read Some of the descriptions were very amusing Another shortcoming was its lack of coverage of the eastern District areas I found this book in the trash when I worked in one of the buildings featured Canal Suare p 235 It's a must have for taking your own tour of some of DC's historic architecture as it's a very portable 525x9 inch paperback The book is arranged by neighborhood so you can visit uite a few places in a single trip based on the simple easy to read maps I have an avid interest in DC history and it's buildings and always wonder What building is that as I travel around my hometown The book manages to cram in uite a few sites as it shows one photographic view of each along with a short single paragraph description A great walking companion to James M Goode's Best Addresses In an enlivened style G Martin Moeller Jr Senior Vice President and Curator of the United States’ National Building Museum summarizes the historical relevance and aesthetical value of many of Washington DC’s buildings Arranged as a series of walking tours with thumbnail photos and prefaced with a brief history of the city itself Honest and astute Read the 1965 edition courtesy of my local library while I was in D C last weekend Very informative and you can see some of the changes over the last 45 years This lively and informative guide offers tourists residents and architecture aficionados alike insights into than 400 of Washington DC’s most important landmarks Organized into 19 discrete tours this thoroughly redesigned and updated edition includes 45 new entries encompassing the House of Sweden the US 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 pathG 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 tourFrom 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

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