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Photo Guide to the National Mall

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Welcome to the Photo Guide to the National Mall!


Have you ever wandered around the National Mall in Washington,  DC, sometimes called the nation’s front lawn, and wondered what you were looking at? This simple photo guide will help you put a name to the face. For instance, you will learn that yes, that is Albert Einstein keeping watch over Constitution Avenue at 21st Street.


The architecture of the National Mall offers a vibrant look at our nation’s past, present and future.  While the mall itself is a 1000-plus acre park consisting largely of grassy lawn dotted with trees, monuments and pools, it is flanked by some of the nation's most remarkable buildings. More than 80 historic structures, including museums, monuments and federal and private office buildings, sit in or around the mall.  Many have familiarity with iconic structures such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, but find other, more obscure statues and buildings less recognizable.


For the "big picture," visitors may find the National Coalition to Save the Mall Visitor Guide and Map useful, as well information provided by the National Park Service.


As in any public space, the National Mall evolves as new structures are built and others undergo renovation. Here you will find contemporary photographic images of many of these architectural gems.

 
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