The historic buildings of Washington, DC preserve the past and offer a fascinating glimpse into the changes in architecture and daily American life since the early settlement of the nation's capital. The history of Washington, D.C., is tied to its role as the capital of the United States. The McMillan Plan of 1901 helped restore and beautify the downtown core area, including the establishment of the National Mall, along with numerous monuments and museums. The city's position as the capital of the United States, the national architectural significance of many of the monuments and government buildings in its central core, and the archival documentation about them have contributed to wide-spread knowledge of Washington's greatest public architecture.
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