1900s Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia

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"Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia, Ceded by the States of Virginia and Maryland to the United States of America..."

This 1900s reprint depicts the original plan of Washington D. C., as envisioned by Pierre Charles L’Enfant and Andrew Ellicott. The plan was originally engraved by James Thackara and John Vallance in Philadelphia, and was the first printed plan of our Nation’s Capital. This impression was published by Norris Peters Co. in the early 1900s.

The plan shows the layout of Washington streets, a grid system interrupted by several public circles and long diagonals. Washington is bordered by the Potomack (Potomac) River and the Eastern Branch, now the Anacostia River. Georgetown, at the left and northwest of Rock Creek, is separately labeled. Reedy Branch and Tiber Creek are shown to the north outside of the street pattern. Each block is numbered. A few major buildings, including the Capitol and the Presidents House, are labeled, while others are merely outlined.

The proposed landscape design for the Mall is shown with considerable detail. Outline contours of docks and slips are shown along the rivers.

Above the artfully engraved title is George Washington’s coat of arms supported by Fame and Liberty. Near the upper left is an eight-pointed compass indicator surmounted by a fleur-de-lys. At the lower left is a distance "Scale of Poles" and "Observations Explanatory of the Plan." At lower right are several notes on the "Breadth of the Streets."

The map is uniquely housed in an antique windowpane frame, with hand-painted script on the glass identifying the title, key landmarks, and the original publish date.

Framed dimensions: 21 1/4" H x 27 7/8" W x 1 1/4" D




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