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Southwest Washington, Urban Renewal Area, Bounded by Independence Avenue, Washington Avenue, South Capitol Street, Canal Street, P Street, Maine Avenue & Washington Channel, Fourteenth Street, D Street, & Twelfth Street, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Southwest Washington, Urban Renewal Area, Bounded by Independence Avenue, Washington Avenue, South Capitol Street, Canal Street, P Street, Maine Avenue & Washington Channel, Fourteenth Street, D Street, & Twelfth Street, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

 
 
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Summary

Significance: Southwest Washington, D.C., was the site of one of the earliest urban renewal efforts in the United States, and the first such renewal effort in the Nation's Capitol. While not the largest urban renewal project ever pursued in the District, it was the city's only full-scale and most comprehensive attempt to redevelop an entire neighborhood. ... Despite the national and international significance of the practices and site, as well as the prominence of the architects and planners involved, the realized New Southwest did not live up to the grand vision its developers had in mind. Consequently, today, many of the hallmark sites of the urban renewal plan - including L'Enfant Plaza, the Waterside Mall, and the waterfront - are marked for redevelopment. These plans, along with other smaller-scale developer initiatives, threaten to significantly alter, or even destroy, some of the urban renewal era buildings and sites. However, at the same time, they also offer hope of remedying some of the failures of urban renewal planning and execution and of improving the neighborhood's shortcomings for today's residents, workers, and visitors.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N993
Survey number: HABS DC-856
Building/structure dates: 1945-1973 Initial Construction

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Date

1933 - 1970
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Contributors

Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
DC Redevelopment Land Agency (RLA)
National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Pei, I M
Smith, Chloethiel Woodard
Goodman, Charles
Keyes, Lethbridge & Condon
Stone, Edward Durrell
Breuer, Marcel
Beckhard, Herbert
Holabird & Root
Curtis & Davis
Kiley, Dan
Sasaki, Dawson & DeMay
Weese, Harry
Lapidus, Harle & Liebman
Price, Virginia Barrett, transmitter
Ammon, Francesca Russello, historian
Rosenthal, James, photographer
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Location

Washington, District of Columbia, United States38.90719, -77.03687
Google Map of 38.9071923, -77.03687070000001
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