Worthy of the Nation

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Worthy of the Nation

Washington, DC, from L'Enfant to the National Capital Planning Commission

By Frederick Albert Gutheim; Antoinette J. Lee; Laura Bush (Foreword by)

Johns Hopkins University Press, Hardcover, 9780801883286, 430pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2006


When "Worthy of the Nation" first appeared in 1977, it won much acclaim for its comprehensive treatment of Washington's design and urban development. Now the story has been brought up to the present, tracing the first thirty years of home rule for the District through the completion of the National Museum of the American Indian and the World War II Memorial in the early twenty-first century.

Frederick Gutheim and Antoinette J. Lee begin with L'Enfant's survey of 1791, the uneven growth of Washington City as an early port, its rapid expansion during the Civil War, and the McMillan Plan of 1901-1902, inspired by the City Beautiful movement. They consider the close relationship between the growth in national ambitions and responsibilities and the density of the governmental presence--offices, facilities, military outposts, parks, and multiplying statuary and memorials. Gutheim and Lee also survey residential communities, commercial districts, and transportation infrastructure. They outline various efforts to shape and channel the phenomenal growth of the city during the twentieth century, including controversial attempts to rehabilitate some neighborhoods while largely destroying others in the name of urban renewal.

Illustrated with plans, maps, and new and historic photographs, the second edition of "Worthy of the Nation" provides researchers and general readers with an appealing and authoritative view of the planning and evolution of the federal district.

About the Author
Gutheim has been a staff writer and critic for the New York Herald Tribune and the Washington Post.

Pamela Scott is an architectural historian. She teaches History of Washington Archtecture for Cornell University in Washington, D.C. Antoinette J. Lee is a Historian at the National Register of Historic Places at the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.

For decades, Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, human rights, and the preservation of our nation s heritage. A hiking and outdoors enthusiast, Mrs. Bush encourages Americans to spend time in and care for our national parks.

The author of the bestselling memoir Spoken from the Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Today, as the chair of the Women s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global health-care innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America s military.

Mrs. Bush holds a degree in education and a master s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin and worked as a public school librarian.