Classical Architecture DC


Classive design formed our nation’s capital.  The soaring Washington Monument, the columns of the Lincoln Memorial and the spectacular dome of the Capitol Building speak to the founders’ comprehensive vision of our federal city.  Learn about the L’Enfant and McMillan plans for Washington, D.C., and how those designs are reflected in two hundred years of monuments, museums and representative government.  View the statues of our Founding Fathers with the eye of a sculptor and gain insight into the criticism and controversies of Progressive additions to Washington’s monumental structure.  Author Michael Curtis guides this tour of the heart of the District of Columbia.

Classical Architecture DC, The History Press



A bold and refreshing look at the great monuments of our national heritage.  With keen observations and telling insights the author guides the reader in a walking tour of Washington, D.C., here-and-there pausing to describe some feature of architecture or statuary, to illuminate an intent of the Nation’s Founders or to lament some sorry accident of history.  Here is a brief, aesthetic history of our nation’s Capital, a stroll along her streets and plazas, a pleasure of beauty, a censure of ugliness, a lesson, an amusement, a delight.



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These Classical Architecture DC tours are fashioned for those who wish a greater understanding of why and how the District of Columbia came to be a classically designed city.  Whether you are a visitor to the District or a native you will appreciate your nation’s capital in new ways.  You will learn the ancient antecedents of our political philosophies, the stylistic precedents of our architectural forms, and of the Founders’ classical vision.  Along the way you will see well-considered plans realized, you will learn how accidents of history amend ideas, and you will understand how progressive modernism eagerly destroys tradition.  Mostly, you will enjoy the grandeur and the beauty of Washington, The District of Columbia.

In progress books by Michael Curtis on Civic Art include:



Praise for Classical Architecture DC:

“Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C.: A History & Guide” is an absolute gem of a book for all who treasure America—its founding and future. The book should be required reading for school students and for prospective U.S. citizens.

Lorraine Ferrier
The Epoch Times