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View of Washington from Georgetown in 1801

A Foreigner’s Impressions of Washington in 1799

What did the new capital look like in 1799? This is an account John Davis, an Englishman who spent four years in the late 18th century traveling up and down the east coast of the new country.

Why Is It Named Meridian Hill?

Pierre L'Enfant had originally planned the City of Washington around a right triangle, with the eastern portion at the Capitol, the northern portion at the White House and the 90 degree angle close to where the Washington Monument sits today. Thomas Jefferson marked this spot in 1793 with a wooden post, which was replaced in 1804 with the Jefferson Pier.

President's Palace design by John Collins

Who Almost Designed the White House?

Way back in the day, the building we now know as the White House was called the “President’s Palace”, “President’s Mansion”, or the “President’s House.” The nomenclature evolved over time, with the accepted name for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue becoming the “Executive Mansion.” It wasn’t until Teddy Roosevelt‘s presidency that the building would be officially referred […]

Robert Brent

Who Was the First Mayor of Washington?

Who was the first mayor of Washington? It wasn't Walter Washington or Marion Barry. Have you hear of Robert Brent? He was Thomas Jefferson's friend.

Constitution Avenue

Why Is It Named Constitution Avenue?

Do you know why it's named Constitution Avenue? There's an interesting story behind it which includes the state of Wisconsin.

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