Friday, June 20, 2008

Building Substance

It had been a long time since I last visited DC. With this distance, I had forgotten just how impressive all the public buildings are in the capital. I get so sickened of public buildings in strip malls, such as our Federal Building in Boise that is nicknamed Fed-Mart due to it's not so substantive, but considerable neighbor.

When did courthouses start resembling box stores and churches warehouses? Show that place has meaning! It is delightfully refreshing to visit a public space that we embrace whole-heartedly, stating unabashedly, "This is a place that matters."

Some classic (and new) examples from around DC:

I was delighted to discover the new World War II Veterans Memorial. Another example of substantive architecture. It leaves a mark. Bravo.


Stephanie said...

I LOVE picture #6!!! I need to get to my own (adopted) city and take some new pictures too!!!