Since our founding in 2000, the National Mall Coalition has endeavored to fill the gap in comprehensive, visionary Mall planning — created by the current jurisdiction-based planning by the Smithsonian, Architect of the Capitol, National Park Service, National Gallery of Art, and other entities — by focusing attention on the bigger picture: How can we advance the brilliant visionary legacy of the 1791 L’Enfant and 1902 McMillan Plans into the 21st century so that the Mall can continue to tell the American story, support public activities and First Amendment events, and respond intelligently to environmental and other problems in order to create, for the benefit of future generations, a truly resilient Mall?
Read our answers to these questions with our proposal — in 15 illustrated slides — for America’s 3rd Century Mall.
AIA and The Plan of the Nation’s Capital
In 2012 we consolidated much of our work on Mall history, problems, needs, and visionary ideas into two public exhibitions in Washington, DC, that focused on these themes: The need and exciting opportunities for creating a “3rd Century Mall” plan to update the 1791 L’Enfant Plan and 1902 McMillan Plan; and a call to the American Institute of Architects to take the lead, as they did in 1901 with the McMillan Commission, to champion and create the updated plan for the Mall.
Download here the tri-fold one-page pamphlet telling the history of AIA’s crucial role in creating the McMillan Commission and Plan: AIA 1900 * 2012
Download the brochure for the exhibition at the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Institute of Architects held in Washington, DC, here: AIA and The Plan of the Nation’s Capital
Download the brochure for the exhibition at the District Architecture Center, “The 3rd Century Mall: Reinventing L’Enfant’s Legacy”: The 3rd Century Mall: Reinventing L’Enfant’s Legacy