“Grand Design” for Pennsylvania Avenue (1965)

Pennsylvania Avenue PlanIn the grand scheme of things, 44 years isn’t that long ago. That’s when this model of Pennsylvania Ave and its surrounding areas was constructed (Courtesy Smithsonian Institution). Much of the Federal Triangle had already been built, but as you can see, there were still plans to raze the Old Post Office.

Pennsylvania Ave., on the otherhand, was to be completely razed and replaced by sterile modern buildings, as referred to in the September 16, 1965 Congressional Record (within the discussion on selecting a site for the Kennedy Center).Pennsylvania Avenue Plan text

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