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Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
was the principal architect of Washington, D.C., and his wide main avenues, placement of major buildings, and gridlike pattern of the streets are still evident in the nation's capital today.

U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Capitol
is the seat of the federal government, where both houses of Congress meet. The building has 175,170 square feet of usable space, encompassing approximately 540 rooms, and sits on 274 acres.

Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
is 189 feet long, 118-2/3 feet wide, and 99 feet high. The interior is dominated by a statue of Abraham Lincoln that stands 19 feet high and is 19 feet across. Construction began on February 12, 1915, and the memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1922.

Washington Monument
The Washington Monument
stands 555 feet 5-1/8 inches high. It was designed by Robert Mills. Construction began on August 17, 1880, and was completed on December 6, 1884. Total cost of the Monument, $1,187,710.31.

The Whie House
The White House
is the official residence of the President of the United States. It sits on an 18-acre plot at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, D.C. Originally known as the "President's House" and then the "Executive Mansion," it was officially named "The White House" by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1901.

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