Archive for the Unrealized Dreams Category

Latrobe’s Design for a Washington Hospital

Posted in Latrobe, Benjamin Henry (1764-1820), Unrealized Dreams with tags , , on June 17, 2009 by Kent

Dating to 1812, here are plans created by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for a Marine Asylum & Hospital to be located where New Jersey  and South Carolina Avenues intersect.

Marine Asylum & Hospital elevationMore drawings for this design after the jump (All images from the Library of Congress) Continue reading

Proposed Mall Plan, ca. 1936-7

Posted in Mall (The), Museums, Unrealized Dreams on May 18, 2009 by Kent

It makes sense to me that this plan dates to 1936 or 7, as the site for the National Gallery of Art building is listed as proposed, and it was completed and dedicated by 1941.Mall Plan with Proposed MuseumsThe focus of this plan, however, is the proposed National Museum of Engineering and Industry. This footprint removed the Arts and Industries building, and the old Army Medical Museum, which was eventually razed to make room for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  The National Museum of engineering and Industry would eventually be opened as the Museum of History and Technology, which is not the Museum of American History (Image courtesy Smithsonian Institution).

Unrealized Dreams: Smithsonian Institution

Posted in Gothic Revival, Mall (The), Museums, Unrealized Dreams on May 16, 2009 by Kent

Robert Mills Smithsonian proposalProposed design in a medieval revival style of the north facade for the Smithsonian Institution Building by Robert Mills. The design was submitted for the competition sponsored by the Building Committee of the Board of Regents, December 23, 1846 (Image and text from Smithsonian Institution).

“Grand Design” for Pennsylvania Avenue (1965)

Posted in Federal Triangle, Penn Quarter, Unrealized Dreams on May 10, 2009 by Kent

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

Unrealized Dreams: The Capitol: part 3

Posted in Capitol (The), Federal, Unrealized Dreams on May 5, 2009 by Kent

Below Stephen Hallet’s fourth design entered into the U.S. Capitol competition of 1792. These were done in 1793 and are in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. You can see other unrealized designs here>>stephen-hallet-capitol-4th-designstephen-hallet-capitol-4th-design-cross-section1

Unrealized Dreams — The Capitol: part 2

Posted in Capitol (The), Unrealized Dreams on February 17, 2009 by Kent

Charles Wintersmith’s unsuccessful entry in the Capitol design competition of 1792.wintersmith-capitol-plan

Lost Washington

Posted in Churches, Gothic Revival, Lost Washington, Unrealized Dreams on February 15, 2009 by Kent

The Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church was located on the southwest corner of C Street and John Marshall Place, NW. The corner stone was laid on October 23, 1854, but construction was interruped by the Civil War, and work did not resume until 1866,  the building was dedicated in 1869, and eventually completed in 1872. The first image below is a print showing how the church was originally thought to look upon completion, and published sometime between 1854 and 1872. The second image shows how the church actually did look when finished.

In 1930, the District government condemed the building for future developement and the congregation moved to a new home. The spire was razed in 1935, and the building was razed in 1956.metropolitan-me-churchmetropolitan-methodist-church