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An Architectural Walking Tour of Washington D.C.

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While it's certainly easy to point to some of the more famous monuments and buildings on the National Mall when looking at Washington, it's more than just its famous landmarks. Even in the touristy area around the Mall, there are some interesting and unique structures that might otherwise be overlooked while snapping a picture in front of the Capitol...and that's without looking at the structures in the various Sculpture Gardens. Yes, we included one very famous monument, but we hope you enjoy all of the buildings on this architectural tour around the National Mall.

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1. Washington Monument

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100 Lenfant Plz SW
Washington, DC 20560
(800) 967-2283

We should all know about the obelisk that defines the city at this point, but this was a good excuse to put up a photo of the monument with all its scaffolding.

2. Old Post Office Pavilion

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1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

With it's majestic tower and it's Revival style of architecture, it's no wonder that Trump wants to repurpose this building for his hotel.

3. Robert C Weaver Federal Building

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451 7th Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20410

The Robert C. Weaver Federal Building which houses the Department of Housing and Urban Development is an imposing 10 story office building with a curvature on the facade. Perhaps even more interesting are these white orbs in front of the building that light up at night, making it really look like the mothership has landed.

4. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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700 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20591
(202) 633-4674
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Of course this museum devoted to modern art looks like a giant cylinder. Last spring, the building became a canvas in its own right as projections from "Song 1" played on the exterior.

5. Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

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1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-2400

This building stands out, not only because of being a brick building in a sea of granite and marble, but because it's placed conveniently by a carousel, so that youngsters can be impressed with its resemblance to a castle.

6. National Museum of the American Indian

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950 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-1000
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This building was meant to mimic the adobe structures that various native tribes build in the American Southwest and while people argue its aesthetic merits, it certainly stands out.

7. United States Botanic Garden

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100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 225-8333
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While the plants housed within are certainly more beautiful, this large glass greenhouse near the Capitol is a sight to behold.

8. Dorothy L. Height Building

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633 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

This former hotel with its pink tinted towers currently houses The National Council of Negro Women.

9. Washington's Oldest Bank

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301 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

The Oldest Bank in Washington, the smallest building on this map, stands across the street from some of its more modern counterparts.

1. Washington Monument

100 Lenfant Plz SW, Washington, DC 20560

We should all know about the obelisk that defines the city at this point, but this was a good excuse to put up a photo of the monument with all its scaffolding.

100 Lenfant Plz SW
Washington, DC 20560

2. Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

With it's majestic tower and it's Revival style of architecture, it's no wonder that Trump wants to repurpose this building for his hotel.

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

3. Robert C Weaver Federal Building

451 7th Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20410

The Robert C. Weaver Federal Building which houses the Department of Housing and Urban Development is an imposing 10 story office building with a curvature on the facade. Perhaps even more interesting are these white orbs in front of the building that light up at night, making it really look like the mothership has landed.

451 7th Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20410

4. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

700 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20591

Of course this museum devoted to modern art looks like a giant cylinder. Last spring, the building became a canvas in its own right as projections from "Song 1" played on the exterior.

700 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20591

5. Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

This building stands out, not only because of being a brick building in a sea of granite and marble, but because it's placed conveniently by a carousel, so that youngsters can be impressed with its resemblance to a castle.

1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, DC 20560

6. National Museum of the American Indian

950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

This building was meant to mimic the adobe structures that various native tribes build in the American Southwest and while people argue its aesthetic merits, it certainly stands out.

950 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560

7. United States Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

While the plants housed within are certainly more beautiful, this large glass greenhouse near the Capitol is a sight to behold.

100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

8. Dorothy L. Height Building

633 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

This former hotel with its pink tinted towers currently houses The National Council of Negro Women.

633 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20004

9. Washington's Oldest Bank

301 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

The Oldest Bank in Washington, the smallest building on this map, stands across the street from some of its more modern counterparts.

301 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004