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Interpretive Digital Essay : The Plan of Chicago
The Plan of Chicago
Chicago in 1909
Planning Before the Plan
Antecedents and Inspirations
The City the Planners Saw
The Plan of Chicago
The Plan Comes Together
Creating the Plan
Reading the Plan
A Living Document
Updating L'Enfant's Washington
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This rendering, which has the quality of an abstract drawing, dramatizes how the Senate Park Commission tried to restore and extend the geometry of the original L'Enfant plan for Washington. The Plan creates an east-west axis (east is at the top) along a cleared Mall between the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the future site of the Lincoln Memorial. North of the Washington Monument (i.e., to the left in the drawing) are the Ellipse and the White House. The so-called Federal Triangle is north of the Mall and west of the Capitol.