Tag Archives: Washington DC

City planning now and then

My friend Steve’s father Hugh Mields and his friend William K. Brussat (my dad) were city planners. Steve, who is both a philatelist and a fenestration cleanliness engineer, recently sent me an envelope postmarked Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, 1967, and … Continue reading

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WWII Memorial on Vets Day

Here are some photographs I took of the National World War II Memorial on the mall at Washington in 2011. The memorial was designed by Rhode Island architect Friedrich St. Florian, who won an international design competition in 1997. To … Continue reading

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Finalists for WWI memorial

The jury in the design competition for a World War I memorial near the White House in Washington, D.C., has narrowed more than 350 entries down to a final five. One of them, arguably two, are classical, and already the … Continue reading

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Don’t maul the Mall

The National Mall in Washington has been undergoing renovation of its famous grass and the soil underneath. Decades of marches, concerts and festivals, not to mention the constant tramp, tramp, tramp of millions of tourists yearly on this hallowed ground … Continue reading

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Federalism

The New Federalism, circa 1960-70 – the best modernism the most (of your) money can buy. Photographed and compiled by Benny Johnson. This, by the way, is sheer Brutalism (a style of modernism). Here is a comment from Erik Bootsma, … Continue reading

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Column: Small future for tall buildings in D.C.

Like much in the District of Columbia, the Hotel Dupont Plaza has undergone change. For one thing, it is now called the Dupont Circle Hotel. But it looks much as when it was completed half a century ago. Beige brick … Continue reading

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