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The Majesty of Capitol Hill highlights the rich urban context of the Hill with its many parks and wide streets that create the feeling of spaciousness--one of its key attractions. Nowhere else in Washington is the original plan of Pierre L'Enfant, the man who designed the city, better preserved than on Capitol Hill. Highlights include the much loved Lincoln and Stanton Parks, the commercial areas of Pennsylvania Avenue and Barracks Row, and the historic Eastern Market--the nineteenth-century open public market and the heart of the neighborhood today. Photographs and information also capture significant buildings and sites such as the Frederick Douglass House and the Marine Commandant's House, the oldest public residence in Washington after the White House. Also included in these pages is the Sewall-Belmont House, which stood at the center of American politics for two hundred years.
Thomas B. Grooms has owned a house on Capitol Hill since 1969. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design with a degree in environmental design, he works in the Office of the Chief Architect of the U.S. General Services Administration where he documents new landmark buildings designed by the nation's leading architects. He has written more than a dozen monographs about buildings ranging in architectural style from the classically-inspired U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia, to the glass-walled contemporary U.S. Courthouse in Boston.
Taylor J. Lednum, a resident of Capitol Hill, is a graduate of the University of Baltimore with a degree in design and communications. He currently uses his multi-disciplinary background in the visual arts, including photography and graphic design, to produce instructional and documentary publications and videos about federal architecture for the Office of the Chief Architect of the U.S. General Services Administration.