Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Architecture of a Republic

National Archives

Our founding fathers felt that Neoclassical architecture reflected democratic ideals, so many of the oldest and most important buildings in Washington DC are of this style. I feel that it gives a sense if dignity, permanence, and respect to these hallowed institutions and I've always admired Neoclassical architecture. In that respect, Washington DC has been a veritable goldmine for me.

DC War Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

Arlington Amphitheater

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian Columns; Pediments, Friezes, Architraves, and Domes; Marble, Granite, and Sandstone; Bronze, Gold Leaf, and Trajan; it's all here in spades!

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

There are also some Romanesque Revival buildings like The Old Post Office.

And this Beaux Arts beauty; The Library of Congress.

Sure there are some fabulous modern buildings here too, but I find the straightforward, strong lines of these older buildings to have an ageless attraction.

Have you been to Washington DC? Do you enjoy architecture too? Which buildings are your favorites?

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