Federal Triangle, 1935

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The Federal Triangle (ca. 1935) assumed a Beaux-Arts style with classical, monumental proportions and eclectic design elements. The complex is patterned on the “civic center” ideal of the City Beautiful movement, which favored the grouping of public buildings to create a heightened sense of dignity and importance. Even this popular and successful project has shortcomings that planners are still trying to redress, such as lifeless streets after working hours and the absence of amenities for the many tourists who pass through the area.

National Capital Planning Commission Collection