Check out this great find. It’s a rendering of a proposed design for the Kennedy Center, then called the National Cultural Center. It’s actually not terribly different, just with far more curved lines than the boxy shape it takes today. Not long after it was built, a very curvy Watergate would take up position right next to it.

Proposed design for the Kennedy Center
Proposed design for the Kennedy Center
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This drawing was done by Edward Durell Stone, the architect who would design the final building as well as a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • Bernie Gilbert

    Nice design, but where would Rock Creek Parkway have gone? Today it’s flanked by the Kennedy Center and the river. The drawing doesn’t seem to show it at all there.