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SECTION THROUGH SITE PLAN FOR THE SUPREME COURT

Relocated Supreme Court on a structured hill spanning over the existing highways and rail line bridges.

AMENITY FOR VISITORS TO THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT GROUNDS

 

Tourists must cross the extensive Washington Monument grounds to get to the other side of the Mall. Given our brutal summer heat, we thought they deserve to rest their hot, tired feet in a tree-shaded artificial stream that runs across the southern boundary of the Monument’s grounds. We sited this path so they are able to see the North/South axis, with views north to the White House and south to the Jefferson Memorial. 

We discovered this terrific feature in Chicago’s Millennium Park. If our National Park Service would like to do it here, we are confident that a license from the copyright holder and a plaque acknowledging Millennium Park could be accomplished. 

OUR MASTER PLAN OF THE NATIONAL MALL, EXPANDED
FOR THE 21st CENTURY

EXISTING CONFIGURATION 

 

Our Master Plan expands the Mall to accommodate the insatiable desire for more monuments, memorials, and museums. The East/West axis of the L'Enfant and McMillan Plans cannot be expanded further, but the North/South axis can be expanded to the South.

LINKING THE MALL VIA MEMORIAL BRIDGES 

 

Our idea creates new memorial sites on the Mall by linking it together with memorials that incorporate functioning bridges, forming a continuous safe pedestrian experience from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. 

An example of a memorial bridge that would cross 17th Street. In this case, the bridge enhances and helps explain the WWII Memorial.

OUR WORLD CAPITAL IN THE 21st CENTURY 

In 1901, The McMillan Commission extended the boundaries of our National Mall from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. In response to the ever-growing demand for museums and memorials within it, we follow that precedent to again stretch its boundaries—this time to the south—maintaining L’Enfant’s original geometry and classical, highly symbolic, and symmetrical planning.


The eventual, inescapable extension of the Mall presents the opportunity to relocate the Supreme Court to a symbolic location south of the Jefferson Memorial, by structurally spanning over the collection of roads and rail lines to cover the awkward infrastructure. As our plan shows, that would create a symbolic green platform in the shape of a low grassy hill directly in line with the White House. That placement would achieve—for the first time in our democracy—an emblematic triangular geometry of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government, while further anchoring the North/South axis of the L’Enfant and McMillan Plans.


Throughout history, the culture of a nation has been the mirror of its power. When Rome was a world power, it reflected its importance in its Architecture and Art. Paris and London, each at the zenith of its dominance, also manifested its eminence on the world stage in its Art, Architecture, and Planning.
 

As the leading nation in the world, it is now our turn to imagine—yes, to imagine— our World Capital, not only as a symbol of our power and an exceptional example of our democracy, but also as a center for the arts, in a city of outstanding planned beauty. Such a goal requires that we Americans take the long view—over decades and generations—and keep alive our inherent American aspiration to enhance, enrich, and beautify our magnificent Nation’s Capital.

BENEFITS OF EXPANDING THE MALL

 

  1. Completes several elements of the L'Enfant and McMillan Plans, in the form and spirit of how they were created. Our plan extends the North/South Axis of the historic plans.
     

  2. Establishes Maryland Avenue, an unbuilt principal boulevard in the historic plans, which will provide new housing and commercial development opportunities, and also improve access to the Southwest quadrant of the city.
     

  3. Creates much-needed new land for memorials and museums.
     

  4. Increases the range of recreational facilities.
     

  5. Provides improved security for rail lines serving Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express, and CSX.
     

  6. Opens up the dead-end of the Washington Channel waterfront, giving better access up and down the river, and also provides more marinas, while retaining the golf course.
     

  7. Bridges over and covers the existing awkward infrastructure, creating a hill-like mound, inside which would be a Metro stop on the Yellow Line.
     

  8. Relocates the Supreme Court to a more symbolic location commensurate with its importance, to reflect the tripartite powers of our democracy.

Our idea offers a flexibility to memorial/bridge design beyond these examples. 

The National Mall Coalition–founded by Judy Scott Feldman, Ph.D.–originated the need for an enlarged 3rd-Century Expansion of the Mall, and for a McMillan-type commission to bring it to reality. The Coalition presented our Master Plan at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in an effort to encourage the formation of such a commission.