A 200-year transformation

How the Mall became what it is today

Aaron Steckelberg, Philip Kennicott, Bonnie Berkowitz and Denise Lu

- The Washington Post

The original idea for the Mall — a grand, tree-lined avenue flanked by imposing buildings — goes back to the very origins of the capital city, Pierre L’Enfant’s plan conceived for George Washington. But in Washington, plans rarely go as planned, so the Mall has been a work in progress for more than 200 years. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the most recent addition but possibly not the last.

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