"The Mall in Washington, 1791-1991" by Richard Longstreth

The Mall in Washington, 1791-1991 Second Edition Richard Longstreth

Studies in the History of Art Series
Publication date:
11 Jan 2003
NGW-Stud Hist Art
336 pages: 279 x 229mm
103 b-w + 37 color illus.

As the most important public space in the United States, the Mall in Washington, D.C., has been a vital emblem of national spirit and ideals ever since Major Pierre Charles L’Enfant first envisioned it over two hundred years ago. Although the Mall has undergone numerous changes since its conception, it has retained centrality within the life of the capital and has emerged as an essential symbol of American national identity and an influential model of city planning worldwide.

Featuring fourteen essays by prominent historians, architects, and leaders of some of Washington, D.C.’s most important institutions, this book explores the Mall’s origins and growth as well as the shifting political forces and cultural values that have shaped it. Over 140 illustrations help to tell the story of the site, including beautiful vintage maps, prints, and drawings, in addition to numerous contemporary documentary and historical photographs.

Originally published in 1991, The Mall in Washington features a new introduction discussing recent developments on the Mall.

Richard Longstreth is professor of American civilization at George Washington University. Therese O’Malley is associate dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington.