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1941 DC plan shows east Mall, no I-395

DC’s 1941 master plan is available through the Library of Congress. Published just months before Pearl Harbor, the plan is a fascinating look at the future pre-war planners envisioned.

The National Mall extends eastward to the bank of the Anacostia and dominates the plan. “Semi-public buildings,” parking garages, and much more highway-like Constitution and Independence Avenues line the new Mall. On the other hand, Southwest retains its historic street grid, and isn’t cut off by I-395.

What else jumps out?

Image by National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

 Cross-posted at Greater Greater Washington.

May 9th, 2013 | Permalink | {num}Comments
Tags: history, master planning, parks, roads/cars, transportation

  • http://twitter.com/bomble Jim Swift

    thankfully this never happened and we got the Tune Inn. Not sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Wahl/100002290528866 Gregory Wahl

    No parking lots. Uninterrupted streets. An historic ship basin? nnnI’m drooling…

  • http://twitter.com/garyteal Gary Teal

    Wow!!nn1. Montgomery Meigs’ Pension Building http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc40.htm (now housing the National Building Museum) is replaced by a new “District Court” building! (But they saved the District Armory building…)nn2. The widened Constitution and Independence don’t look like highways to me; they sort of dead-end at the river with no E. Cap St. Bridge at all. They just didn’t anticipate the growth of the suburbs and the explosion of autos. nn3. But what’s that to the immediate south of RFK (sports field, 72)?? A railroad yard??nn4. And oh, please, let’s blow up today’s Freedom Plaza Waste Land and let Pennsylvania go straight to the Treasury Building. The Willard Valet guys can manage just like in any other big city.

  • http://twitter.com/JJShetler RealJJShetler

    I noticed that the Old Post Office is proposed to be torn down and replaced. Wow, glad that didn’t happen!



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