When it was passed in 1789, the Constitution set out the boundaries not only for a new government but for a new capital city as well. At the time, the new District of Columbia covered 5,000 acres, dominated by marshland on the south, pastureland on the area that is now the Mall, farms near the White House and Capitol Hill, and undeveloped woods throughout. Covering Capitol Hill, the Mall, the Old Downtown area, the Ellipse, Lafayette Square, and Foggy Bottom, this engaging photographic history and walking tour documents how the Federal City grew from farmland to world capital. Striking images and detailed captions tell the fascinating stories behind many of the famous and the not so famous buildings and monuments that cover the D.C. landscape, from Union Station and the Capitol to the White House and the Watergate Hotel and many important sites in between.
About the Author
Longtime Washington, D.C. tour guide Thomas J. Carrier has compiled an entertaining and informative pictorial journey through the city, taking readers through historic neighborhoods, memorials, office buildings, and private homes and providing the details that bring the city’s unique heritage to life. Both visitors and residents alike are sure to enjoy this remarkable visual tour.