Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

Why was Washington designed to look like a grid?

Washington D.C.

Also, if you can, who designed this look and why was this design chosen?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Here's a quote from Wikipedia:

    Washington, D.C., is a planned city. In 1791, President Washington commissioned Pierre (Peter) Charles L’Enfant, a French-born architect and city planner, to design the new capital. The L'Enfant Plan featured broad streets and avenues radiating out from rectangles, providing room for open space and landscaping. He based his design on plans of cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Karlsruhe, and Milan brought from Europe by Thomas Jefferson in 1788. L'Enfant's design also envisioned a garden-lined "grand avenue" approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) in length and 400 feet (120 m) wide in the area that is now the National Mall.

    then, another quote:

    By the early 1900s, L'Enfant's vision of a grand national capital had become marred by slums and randomly placed buildings, including a railroad station on the National Mall. Congress formed a special committee charged with beautifying Washington's ceremonial core. What became known as the McMillan Plan was finalized in 1901 and included re-landscaping the Capitol grounds and the National Mall, clearing slums, and establishing a new city-wide park system. The plan is thought to have largely preserved L'Enfant's intended design.

    So there you go.

    Source(s): Wikipedia
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Washington is a major and all know town and is certainly worthwhile send a secondary or simply visit that city. with hotelbye you'll find more. One of many symbols of Washington and the whole America may be the popular White House, the state residence of the President of the United States. Your home of each leader except George Washington, it was originally developed by James Hoban in 1792, and following being burned down by British causes in 1814 was rebuilt in 1818. Though travels of the inner including the East, Blue, Green, and Red Rooms; the Ballroom; and the State Dining Room must be reserved properly beforehand, every tourist to Washington would want to see that famous making, at the very least from the outside. Next door to the White House will be the sophisticated 1833 Greek Revival Treasury Building and the 1871 Executive Office Building, one of the most striking old government buildings in Washington.

  • 7 years ago

    A grid system is the best way to design and build a city or town.

    It makes moving around easier and quicker,and allows for future expansion much better.

    All Western towns and cities have been designed and built on a grid system since the Romans.

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