City Out of Wilderness: Washington

  • 1975 ----- color ----- 30 min ----- vhs///
  • Drawings, paintings, diagrams and photographs are used to show how our nation's history is reflected through the building of our capitol city--yesterday a wilderness, today a metropolis. George Washington selected the exact spot for "Federal City," and building of the White House began in 1792, of the Capitol in 1793. A Frenchman, Pierre L'Enfant, laid out the design for the city: a gridiron arrangement of streets cut by diagonal avenues radiating from the Capitol and White House. Concluding sequences show Washington, D.C. as it looks today, including many views of Federal buildings.
  • Topics: (Architecture, History: American, Urban Planning/Restoration)