Capital Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Development of Washington, D.C., 1790-2004

Capital Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Development of Washington, D.C., 1790-2004 : The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Development of Washington, D.C., 1790-2004

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is best known for its water resources and environmental work and its construction of facilities on military bases; however, in its long history the Corps has performed many other missions, such as the critical role in the development of Washington, D.C. The purpose of this book is to bring to the public's awareness the depth of the Corps' involvement in the design, development, construction, and maintenance of our Nation's capital by effectively chronicling its history and showcasing rare images, maps, and drawings. Select chapters discuss the Corps' involvement in designing and constructing the still-existing water supply system; designing and constructing military forts to protect the Nation's capital from attack; refurbishing and expanding the U.S. Capitol; completing the Washington Monument; constructing many large buildings including the Pentagon and Library of Congress; designing and constructing roadways, major bridges, Washington National Airport, and the many monuments; refurbishing the White House; designing and maintaining the many parks; and planning highways; to name a few.
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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 254 x 289.56 x 25.4mm | 1,564.89g
  • United States
  • English
  • First.
  • 0160795575
  • 9780160795572

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Award "Capital Engineers" won second place Blue Pencil Award for "Most Outstanding Soft Cover Book" from the National Association for Government Communicators, April 2007, Chicago, IL.

H-NET BOOK REVIEWPublished by (November 2006) Copyright (c) 2006 by H-Net, all rights reserved. H-Net permits the redistribution and reprinting of this work for nonprofit, educational purposes, with full and accurate attribution to the author, web location, date of publication, originating list, andH-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online. For other uses contact the Reviews editorial staff: Matthew Gilmore, H-DC list co-editor, web editor, Vice President, Networks -- H-Net Pamela Scott. "Capital Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the development of Washington, D.C., 1790-2004". Alexandria: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Office of History, 2005. 306 pp. Photographs, maps, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. No price listed (paper), ISBN none listed. Reviewed by Alan Lessoff, Department of History, Illinois State University Building Managers for the Nation's City Among its many lessons, the Katrina disaster in New Orleans underscored the oddness of the practice in the United States of assigning civil engineering duties to the Army Corps of
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About Adjunct Professor Pamela Scott

Pamela Scott is an independent architectural historian who specializes in the history of Washington's planning and built environment. She has taught the History of Washington Architecture at several universities and curated exhibits for the Library of Congress, National Building Museum, Capitol Historical Society, Historical Society of Washington, and Department of Interior Museum on topics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries relating to Washington's history.Scott lectures frequently on many aspects of Washington's public buildings and their symbolism at scholarly meetings and at museums and historical societies. She has received fellowships from Winterthur Museum, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and the White House Historical Association/Organization of American Historians. Her awards include the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Article Award and Annual Essay Award and the R.R. Hawkins Award for Outstanding Professional, Reference, or Scholarly Work.Scott's books include exhibit catalogues ("Temple"" of Liberty"), archival compilations (directories of District of Columbia architects and builders), guidebooks ("Buildings of the District of Columbia"), and scholarly works ("Designing the Nation's Capital, The 1901 Plan for Washington, D.C."). Her book on the U.S. Treasury Building's history is forthcoming.
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