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Sights around Washington, DC

Constructed in 1888 as the State, War, and Navy Building (two of which no longer exist as Departments), this building served those functions until 1930, when it was vacated as obsolete and renamed the Old Executive Office Building. Left to the wrecking ball in 1957, ironically during the tenure of its now-namesake President, it was instead restored in the 1960s and government functions were brought back inside. It could now be called the Vice President, Management and Budget, and Security Council Building, if we still named buildings that unimaginatively. Instead, President Clinton christened the current moniker in 1999.

Sundry views of the National Archives. Winfield Scott Hancock rides nearby.

Before I leave the fringes of the National Mall, here's the US Postal Service building at Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue SE.

Now that I've edged closer to the water, here's the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, also seen from the Whitehurst Freeway upriver.

In front is the confusing sculpture "War or Peace" by Jürgen Weber.

And right near the JFK Center is the infamous Watergate Hotel. It is divided into West and East halves, seen respectively in the last two photos. Yeah, they look the same, except for the distinctive railings.

Stepping back into downtown, the Calvary Baptist Church.

Ornately impressive gateway to an otherwise underwhelming Chinatown. It's a little too much like the rest of the city, unfortunately.

The Lincoln Park United Methodist Church is at the northeast corner of, where else, Lincoln Park.

Major General George B. McClellan sits in his eponymous park at Connecticut Avenue and California Street. The Russian Federation Trade Representation building, certainly a former mansion or other original use, is just to the north.

The Demonet Building is just to the south at M Street NW.

Vertigo-inducing upward photo from the long escalator ride down to the Dupont Circle subway station, followed by the reverse photo. The DC subway system boasts the world's longest single-span escalator, but this isn't it - it's at the similar-looking Wheaton station.

A typical airy, clean Metro station, I believe Union Station. I know the last photo is coming out of it because that's the actual Union Station railroad terminal.

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