Capitol Reflecting Pool

Title

Capitol Reflecting Pool

Description

Pierre L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the city of Washington first suggested a reflecting pool for the Capitol, but was never built. The 1902 McMillian Commission design for the National Mall revived the idea, yet it still took until 1971 for the Reflecting Pool to be completed.

Source

Architect of the Capitol. View original.

Date

1971 (Completed)

Coverage

Physical Description

The reflecting pool is six acres (the size of a football field) and approximately 1.5 feet deep.

Description

Pierre L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the city of Washington first suggested a reflecting pool for the Capitol, but was never built. The 1902 McMillian Commission design for the National Mall revived the idea, yet it still took until 1971 for the Reflecting Pool to be completed.

Date

1971 (Completed)

Coverage

1950-1979

Source

Architect of the Capitol. View original.