Architecture / Historic Buildings, Washington D.C.
The World Bank and the IMF are known as the "Bretton Woods Institutions" after the New Hampshire town where they were founded in July 1944. Both count almost all nations as members, and the members, in a sense, own them and direct operations. Both organizations have hundreds of billions of dollars at their disposal to help strengthen their member nations' economies. They are also located on the same block on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.
Despite these similarities, there are distinct differences between the organizations. The primary role of the World Bank is to finance economic development, while the role of the IMF is to standardize and control members' exchange rates and monetary policies in order to prevent economic depressions. The funds of the World Bank are borrowed from richer developed nations and loaned to poor, undeveloped nations to finance development. IMF's funds are basically membership dues, and are used to assist countries in times of economic instability.
Interesting fact, the WWII Memorial columns are adorned with two types of wreaths that alternate in their facing. Wreaths of wheat represent the agricultural strength of the nation; while wreaths of Oak represent the industrial dynamism of the nation, supplying not only our own troops but also our friends and allies.
Open All Year
December 25th. Memorial may be secured for events celebrating National Independence Day.
Located at 17 th street and Constitution Avenue
Between Lincoln's Memorial / Washington Monument
The Washington Navy Yard and the nearby Marine Barracks are located on the southeast side of Capitol on 8th Street SE, also called historic Barracks Row.
The Washington Navy Yard was established in 1799 and is the oldest shore facility in the navy. In its early years it was a shipyard, used for building, repairing, and refitting numerous naval vessels. Much of the navy yard was destroyed by US forces in 1814 to prevent the facilities from falling into British hands. In the mid to late 1800s the Navy Yard was used primarily to build ordinance for the entire navy, by World War II becoming the "largest naval ordnance plant in the world," and it employed 25,000 workers. In the 1960s the ordinance production activities ceased, and now it is the headquarters for the Naval District Washington and for the Naval Historical Center, it houses the Navy Museum, and it is home to the Chief of Naval Operations.
The Marine Barracks Washington was created in 1801, and like the Navy Yard, this is the Marine Corps' oldest facility in the nation. Marine Barracks Washington is the home to the Commandant of the USMC, "the President's Own" Marine Corps Band, and the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, who perform the famous "Friday Evening Parades" held at the Marine Barracks and in "Sunset Parades" at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
This is the most beuatiful old building, or better to say palace, I have seen in Washington, DC. Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) fills the entire city block west of the White House. The impressive slate, granite, and cast iron exterior was built for the State, War and Navy Departments between 1871 and 1888. The oldest southern portion is original location of the Secretary of State's office and the Department of State Library, now houses the EOP Library. Contemporary 553 rooms on 7 levels of EEOB serves for a majority of offices for White House staff.
It's said to be one of America's best examples of the French Second Empire style of architecture. Unfortunatelly for the security reasons there is no tour available except the virtual one here :-).
This Florida House is located in 2nd St. in the Capitol Hill district. Just another example of great sites in Washington D.C. that you just come across as you walk along.
It's a beautiful house with this lovely deck. You can see the Great Seal of the State of Florida side by side with the Great Seal of the USA. I understand the House's mission is to serve as "home base" for Floridians, whether they come as tourists or business people. I like this idea, and the house is really cute!
As an American I think it is very important to visit 'OUR' buildings. Every federal building encorporated within this small vicinity has great meaning. It brought out the patriotism in me.
Fondest memory: I must say the fondest memory of Washington is and probably always will be sleeping in the Airport.
Favorite thing: Federal Triangle. One of the great federal office buildings along Constitution Avenue. Most of the architecture is in this federal style, and gives an overall cohesive appearance to the city. The red tile roofs are one of the nicest attributes.
The Memorial Bridge, crosses the Potomac into the District. This is a magnificient bridge and is one of the places I would HIGHLY recommend that you take the time to experience on foot. It runs directly into the Linclon Memorial upon entering the District, and faces Arlington Cemetary towards the west. It is a splendid view, magnificient piece of architecture, and no matter which direction you jog, the wind ALWAYS blows directly into your face, an especially annoying occurrence in winter!!!!!
Desiged by McKim, Meade and White, it is a gret architecture and wonderfully complements the city. It is also a spectacular processional end to any statesman's last journey into Arlington Cemetary.
Favorite thing: When the cherry blossoms are in bloom you will find a very beautiful city in and around the Tidal Basin.
Favorite thing: Uptown Theatre in Cleveland Park. I used to live just up the street from this place. GREAT location!
Favorite thing: The Octogon. Formerly a private residence downtown. It has since been taken over by the American Institute of architects as administrative base for its national headquarters.
Favorite thing: The Hay Adams Hotel is one of the world class hotels, located just across from the White House. Expensive, but great. There are some specials at times, providing reduced rates.