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Old August 29th, 2016, 07:14 PM   #1
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The city carved from marble - Washington, D.C.

I decided to open a thread for this city, where we can share photos and appreciate the architecture. So the name of the thread is a nice introduction itself - I like the buildings that are almost competently made from marble.
I'll start with my absolute favorite:

The Supreme Court Building


US Supreme Court by Sean Creamer, on Flickr

Supreme Court by Matt Wade, on Flickr


https://www.thoughtco.com/us-supreme-court-building-by-cass-gilbert-177925

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Another building that I like is:
The Lincoln Memorial

The mighty pillars and quality marble make this building beautiful. The Doric order with its simplicity might be my favorite from the three famous types.


Lincoln Memorial Pano #4 by josullivan.59, on Flickr

The Lincoln Memorial by Amalia Liogas, on Flickr

The Lincoln Memorial by Richard Walker, on Flickr

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Old September 1st, 2016, 11:42 AM   #3
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Time for something remarkable.

The United States Capitol


The Capitol by Frans van der Lee, on Flickr

a matter of perspective by Dennis, on Flickr

The US Capitol Dome Architecture by Angela Pan, on Flickr

Statue of Freedom by hdcolorist1, on Flickr

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Old October 12th, 2016, 05:16 AM   #6
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great idea! I will be watching and I will also be in D.C in two weeks, can't wait. Architecture befitting a world power.
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Old October 12th, 2016, 06:29 PM   #7
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I think the memorial has beautiful Ionic capitals.

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Old January 10th, 2018, 05:42 PM   #8
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What always keeps me amazed with this city and its heritage is the adorable south European influence on some of its prominent buildings and museums.
This next example might be a little break from the material posted so far in terms of materials and the use of white stone.

National Building Museum

So this is basically a museum dedicated to us the lovers of architecture, design, construction, and everything related to urbanity, and everyone involved in creating such magnificent symmetrical places.

It is once again similar to what we are used to see all the way here in the south of Europe, possibly taking the inspiration from Trajan's Column in Rome | Italy, as well as the Frieze of the Parthenon in Athens | Greece. It looks completely American at doing so, it has that academic charm in its bricks.

Source:https://www.nbm.org/about/historic-home/



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Old January 13th, 2018, 03:08 PM   #9
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The National Archives Building


DC_Nat Archives_0084 by Thomas Noble, on Flickr


DC_Nat Archives_0004 by Thomas Noble, on Flickr


DC_Nat Archives_0036 by Thomas Noble, on Flickr


DC_Nat Archives_0049 by Thomas Noble, on Flickr


DC_Nat Archives_0043 by Thomas Noble, on Flickr
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Arlington Memorial Bridge



JS1262203 by Sungyoung Choe, on Flickr

Washington DC Winter Sunrise by Insite Image, on Flickr

memorial bridge by Sarah Leslie, on Flickr


Alignment by seveDB, on Flickr


ARL_0020 by Thomas Noble, on Flickr


ARL_0021 by Thomas Noble, on Flickr


NYC13-07-078 by Tai Pan of HK, on Flickr


Arlington Memorial Bridge Washington DC Side (9) by ATPhotoPub, on Flickr


Arlington Memorial Bridge Washington DC Side (7) by ATPhotoPub, on Flickr


Equestrian Statue by Ronnie R, on Flickr


Arlington Memorial Bridge from Lincoln Memorial by John Hartsock, on Flickr
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Washington National Cathedral

I am not a church person, but this one is so remarkable, what I find remarkable is that they've removed some of the stained glass widows that were somehow related to historical points of the US that didn't celebrated equality for everyone, so now they've decided to take them away (they did that some years ago). It was all done to promote equality for every race in the US. They also allow same sex marriages in the church.
All of that makes me so proud as a human being, you rarely find a church institution that likes people and accepts them for who they are, instead of judging them. When there's a lot of sunny days in DC and when sun rays hit the stained glass windows, the light beams on the inside reflect the colored glass on the stone interior, creating a heavenly shimmering gemstones effect on its surface.


Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D C 1 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by Washington_National_Cathedral_in_Washington,_D.C..jpg: AgnosticPreachersKid
derivative work: MathKnight, from Wikimedia Commons


Washington National Cathedral Twilight [Public domain], by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Noclip, from Wikimedia Commons


National Cathedral Sanctuary Panorama [Public domain], by Noclip at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.), from Wikimedia Commons


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HRu-J4MrQ


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This is called The Space Window, in the middle of the red sphere there's a piece of a moon rock. So basically it celebrates human achievements in space as well.


National Cathedral ~ The Space Window by Karen Mallonee, on Flickr

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Old May 27th, 2018, 03:03 PM   #12
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The city carved from stone edition.

Georgetown University


Georgetown University by yasmin luqman, on Flickr

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Very underrated city architecture wise. Same with a lot of north east american cities.
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Old May 30th, 2018, 07:06 PM   #14
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I wouldn't call DC underrated, maybe just from a European point of view.

When I was in the US an airline company had promotional flights to DC that were very cheap, I saw countless people catching at lest 3 planes to DC, and this was from Minneapolis while I was waiting my flight to Chicago (just one plane lol). This happened in just an hour of waiting at the airport they had even more flights to DC that day.

DC has been one of my all time favorite cities in the US, well technically in the world - I call it the new Athens, it's flooded with Hellenic-Roman inspired architecture. It also has tons of greenery and just stunning neighborhoods. I didn't had the chance to visit it in that occasion, maybe in the future.
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So nice. Too bad DC is blighted by large scale projects like the Kennedy Center
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https://ggwash.org/view/65911/why-dc...oric-buildings
Interesting article about heritage protection in DC
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So nice to have a planned capital before the 20th century and the Athens Charter. That is why Washington DC is so much more beautiful than say Brasilia.
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Old June 16th, 2018, 11:28 PM   #18
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Okay, as someone who started this thread I won't let it become one of those threads that only prize classical architecture (as much as I love it). The last two posts are already heading towards that direction.

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Interesting article about heritage protection in DC
I loved the article, thanks for sharing, however I find it rather biased towards 20th century architecture, on top of the article the author posted a picture of L'Enfant Plaza, which I consider to be one of those great clean symmetrical places in DC, but the author claims it should not be protected as heritage. The capital of the USA embraces various styles, and Beton brut is one of the most prominent. Washingtonians are fond of it, therefore they protect it. I see that as a great deal for the architectural spectrum in DC, mostly because it's one of those styles that might not see a revival anytime soon. Since they took great care of these buildings, they look great. I am glad they protected the buildings.

L'Enfant Plaza
The city cast in concrete edition.


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So nice to have a planned capital before the 20th century and the Athens Charter. That is why Washington DC is so much more beautiful than say Brasilia.
Beauty is subjective. I believe Brasilia achieved in what it aspired to be - the Mid Century Modern architecturally flooded capital. I find it great honestly. Pity they never take care of their buildings, it could've looked so authentic. I mean it still is very authentic and it's globally acclaimed as the biggest case of Mid Century Modern shaped city, making it a valuable gem. However when you don't take care of your buildings, then don't just expect for the people to appreciate them after they've been touched by the mercilessness of time.
As for Brutalist DC, they even have a website, to show the appreciation for DC's concrete buildings. I am glad they take care of them, they look as if they were built yesterday.

http://brutalistdc.com/
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In this picture you can see (and maybe appreciate) the rich architectural spectrum of DC. As you can see, even the central core is very rich with Brutalist buildings, and they go very well with the classical ones, mostly because they're all being taken great care of.

Scroll in the gallery to find the photo, it can't be posted in here. I was talking about the 5th image.
https://rex-ny.com/project/m-street/
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