Plan of the city of Washington in the territory of Columbia [detail]

Title

Plan of the city of Washington in the territory of Columbia [detail]

Description

In 1791, Andrew Ellicott surveyed the future city of Washington, taking the place of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the city's original designer. While Ellicott reshaped many intricacies of L'Enfant's plans for grand views, fountains, and public buildings, the essence of the original street layout remained the same, including the location of the Center Market. George Washington had conceived the idea of a Center Market on the edge of the Mall between the Capitol and the White House as a center of commerce and trade for the city.

Creator

Source

Library of Congress Geography and Maps Division. View original.

Date

1792

Coverage

Description

In 1791, Andrew Ellicott surveyed the future city of Washington, taking the place of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the city's original designer. While Ellicott reshaped many intricacies of L'Enfant's plans for grand views, fountains, and public buildings, the essence of the original street layout remained the same, including the location of the Center Market. George Washington had conceived the idea of a Center Market on the edge of the Mall between the Capitol and the White House as a center of commerce and trade for the city.

Creator

Andrew Ellicott

Date

1792

Coverage

Pre-1800s

Source

Library of Congress Geography and Maps Division. View original.