This Architectural Timeline of Washington, D.C., Spans 250 Years of Design History

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As the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., is a hub for many things: government, museums, and restaurants, to name a few. But it’s also an ode to architecture, showcasing various aesthetic movements through civic, commercial, and residential structures that span the full history of the country. As a planned city—one specifically designed to be the nation’s capital—impeccable design has always been a part of D.C.’s ethos, and that certainly continues into the present day. Discover the unparalleled architectural legacy of Washington, D.C., through this timeline of iconic buildings, from monuments to embassies to hotels. This is only just the surface of what the city has to offer—plan your visit to Washington, D.C., to see these architectural gems and many more.