12th Biennial Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC
The 12th Biennial Symposium organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, explores the relationship between Federal and local interests as they relate to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.
The tensions between serving as the National Capital and functioning as a practical city have defined Washington, DC, politically, socially, and physically. Throughout the city, suburbs, and surrounding region, this conflict is manifest in the built environment. From the governing precinct emanating from Capitol Hill to the myriad of federal agency compounds that radiate well into Virginia, Maryland, and beyond, the presence of the U.S. government is unmistakable.
On Saturday, October 28, nine scholars will present their research examining the relationship between the Federal government and local interests. The papers are grouped in three thematic sessions, focusing on topics related to Washington’s architectural development in the early 19th century, post McMillan Plan era, and mid-20th century.
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