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.Read More
An Architectural Walking Tour of Washington D.C.
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.
Old Post Office Pavilion
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.
Robert C Weaver Federal Building
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.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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.
Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)
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.
National Museum of the American Indian
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.
United States Botanic Garden
While the plants housed within are certainly more beautiful, this large glass greenhouse near the Capitol is a sight to behold.
Dorothy L. Height Building
This former hotel with its pink tinted towers currently houses The National Council of Negro Women.
Washington's Oldest Bank
The Oldest Bank in Washington, the smallest building on this map, stands across the street from some of its more modern counterparts.