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By Jeffrey F. Meyer

Washington, D.C., is a urban of strong symbols-from the dominance of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument to the authority of the Smithsonian. This publication takes us on a desirable and informative journey of the nation's capital as Jeffrey F. Meyer unravels the advanced symbolism of town and explores its which means for our nationwide attention. Meyer unearths that mythic and non secular topics pervade the capital-in its unique making plans, in its huge structure, and within the ritualized occasions that experience taken position over the two hundred years the town has been the repository for the symbolism of the kingdom. As Meyer excursions the city's well-known axial structure, he discusses many old figures and occasions, compares Washington to different nice towns of the area comparable to Beijing and Berlin, and discusses the which means and background of its structure and plenty of artistic endeavors. Treating Washington, D.C., as a posh non secular middle, Meyer reveals that town capabilities as a unifying aspect in American cognizance. This e-book will switch the way in which we glance at Washington, D.C., and supply a provocative new examine the that means of faith in the USA at the present time. it's going to even be a worthy spouse for these touring to this urban that used to be predicted from its inception because the heart of the area.

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His notes show that this was to be the site for the Supreme Court. I turn north and enter the southern end of what is now called Marshall Park, passing federal and district court buildings. At the northern end I stop before the classical columns of the Superior Court of the United States, once Washington’s City Hall. I turn around on the front steps and make a discovery: L’Enfant’s plan is still visible. Below me, beyond the standing statue of Abraham Lincoln and the seated figure of John Marshall, the axis sweeps down the hill, crosses the Mall, and continues on toward the Potomac.

He probably never spoke those words, but this particular “mistake” in the urban plan serves to remind visitors that the distance between the ideal and the real, especially in Washington, is often considerable. I look at the statue of a youthful Alexander Hamilton and recall that he used financial control to strengthen central government. He and his building, like an awkward elbow, intrude into the smooth flow of Pennsylvania Avenue. Someone once called Hamilton a “porcupine,” a comment that reminds me how often in the city’s history the prickly reality of “the bottom line” has deflated ideals and destroyed lofty plans.

S. 40 By a stroke of luck (or the dispensation of Providence, according to the more religiously inclined), the Potomac site chosen was exactly at the midpoint between the Saint Croix River, which formed the northern boundary of the United States at that time, and the Saint Mary’s River, which formed its southern boundary. And if George Washington was the mythic founder of the new nation, that was added reason for the new capital to be located near his home at Mount Vernon. In 1809, William Lambert proposed to the House of Representatives that a prime meridian be established “through the dome of the Capitol in Washington” to replace that of Greenwich, “since the calculation of longitude from the meridian of a foreign nation .

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