edited by Von Hardesty

Take a photographic tour of Washington, D.C. in all its glory.

cover image Washington, D.C.–named for George Washington and Christopher Columbus–was the first American city designed for a specific purpose: to house the main government of the United States of America. Designed in 1791 by architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the city's wide avenues were intended to stretch out across the land, radiating from the central plaza, or as L'Enfant saw it, the central power of the country. The plan proved successful and the city soon flourished into one of the most influential cities in the world. Today, we celebrate this great capital with Spectacular Washington.

Rising from the banks of the Potomac River, Washington, D.C. has become a sprawling metropolis, including historic sites, museums and monuments that touch the heart of every American and bring the true history of our diverse nation to the forefront. Spectacular Washington's unique large format provides a captivating view into the depth of Washington, D.C., including such classics as Georgetown University and Ford's Theater, the exquisite beauty of the Kennedy Center and Lincoln's Memorial, and the intriguing and essential relevance of the Holocaust Museum and the Vietnam Memorial. From the heights of the Washington Monument to the rich collections of the National Gallery Archives to the sweet splendor of the cherry blossom trees in the spring, explore this beautiful city as Spectacular Washington unlocks the door to some of the city's finest monuments, museums, gardens, parks and memorials. This definitive volume with 36 pages of foldout panoramas, roughly the size of a 19" television, includes more than 200 stunning photographs of the city's well-known and hidden treasures.

Written to entertain and inform by Von Hardesty, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Spectacular Washington is not only a souvenir of the great city, it is an incomparable edition of Washington, D.C. in all its glory.

16 x 11 3/4 in., 132 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-843-6
$50.00 U.S.

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