Category: brutalist architecture

Architectural walking tours of Washington,D.C.

Bill Lebovich, former National Park Service historian, architectural historian and photographer, and former adjunct college faculty member, gives weekday and weekend tours of Lafayette Square, Embassy Row, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, historic downtown and museums, and custom tours.

To schedule a tour, get additional information, reviews, DSCN2867.jpgor ask questions, email me at architecturalphoto@mac.com or call (301) 467-2831.

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Watergate update

IMG_3660.jpgIn 1972 the burglars of the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate rented two rooms at the Howard Johnson’s on Virginia Ave.,across from the Watergate.

The owner of the former Howard Johnson’s, George Washington University, has gutted the building, destroying any remnants of the burglars’ rooms.

HoJo’s will probably not be renamed after Richard M. Nixon.

The powerful and beautiful Dulles Airport

Eero Saarinen was an architect who was also trained as a sculptor and it shows in his best buildings such as Dulles Airport and Yale’s Ice Skating Rink.  But people have to ride the mobile lounges back from the planes and they hate that and therefore hate Dulles.  They have no way of knowing how much Saarinen’s mobile lounges were an improvement over the buses previously used at airports, nor do travelers know of the airlines’ efforts to sabotage Dulles through inconvenient scheduling.

The sweep of the Dulles roof, the columns pushing through the roof, and then grabbing the lip of the roof conveys power and tension, and the sense of jet travel.

President Kennedy dedicated the airport in 1962, the next year he was assassinated, two years after Saarinen died at  age 51.ImageImageImageImage .