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Looking out towards the Hungarian Embassy.
Washington, D.C.

Pierce Mill Spy Station

Cold War intelligence agents monitored communist embassies from an attic in a former pigeon coop.
38.9405, -77.0522
The long-"lost" urn, in its new setting
Washington, D.C.

Cuban-American Friendship Urn

The only National Monument ever to go missing for nearly 50 years then resurface in a dump.
38.8785, -77.0383
Mole Hill seen from VA 913
Dayton, Virginia

Mole Hill

One of the last active volcanoes on the Eastern seaboard.
38.4482, -78.9528
The market from above
Washington, D.C.

Maine Avenue Fish Market

The oldest continuously operating fish market in the United States.
38.8810, -77.0283
The current view
Washington, D.C.

Georgetown Waterfront

The little-known, 300-year history of the area includes former lives as a bustling tobacco port, parking lot, and industrial dump.
38.9029, -77.0657
Washington, D.C.

Churchill and Mandela Call and Response

When it comes to handsignals (and colonialism) rock always beats scissors.
38.9202, -77.0617
Washington, D.C.

Inaugural Parade Center Line

A line of blue paint marks the route of the inaugural parade.
38.8988, -77.0339
A receding field of wheat memorialized in bronze.
Washington, D.C.

Holodomor Memorial

An easily overlooked memorial to a Ukrainian famine-genocide that killed over 4 million people.
38.8975, -77.0095
Washington, D.C.

Washington City Canal Outfall

A portal into the bricked up canal that runs through the heart of Washington D.C.
38.8992, -77.0573
The carousel in summer months
Washington, D.C.

Carousel on the National Mall

Washington's iconic carousel has a nice piece of Civil Rights history.
38.8891, -77.0246
View from second story.
Washington, D.C.

Chinatown Barnes Dance

The unique traffic pattern named for an influential urban planner is also known as the Pedestrian Scramble.
38.8997, -77.0221
Approaching the Minecraft Death Star from the south
Washington, D.C.

Rayburn House Office Building

One critic described it as "middle Mussolini, early Ramses, and late Neiman-Marcus." Another called it an architectural "natural disaster."
38.8869, -77.0105
The bells were lowered through the circular hole in the ceiling
Washington, D.C.

National Cathedral Bell Tower

There’s a special club house at the top for the bell ringers.
38.9306, -77.0707
Willard facade
Washington, D.C.

Willard Hotel

Legend has it that President Grant’s frequent drinking in the lobby gave rise to the term “lobbyist.”
38.8966, -77.0323
Sorting, circa 1912
Washington, D.C.

Government Printing Office

Need a hardcopy of the 50-title Code of Federal Regulations? This is the place.
38.8993, -77.0093
The water gate in foreground, Watergate Hotel in background
Washington, D.C.

Water Gate at the Watergate Complex

Before Nixon, "watergate" meant canals.
38.9001, -77.0578
Main entrance
Washington, D.C.

Carnegie Library of Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s first central library was born out of a chance encounter with the philanthropist whose name it bears.
38.9027, -77.0229
Poor thing
Washington, D.C.

Serenity Statue

This poor little statue is the most vandalized memorial in Washington.
38.9220, -77.0361
The tunnels all look slightly differiently
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Building Tunnel System

Members of Congress have traveled between the buildings on Capitol Hill for a century hidden from tourists, press, and storm clouds.
38.8922, -77.0080
The sculpture at the U.S. Capitol Building rotunda.
Washington, D.C.

The Portrait Monument

Rumor has it the uncarved lump behind the three famous suffragists is reserved for the first woman president.
38.8900, -77.0090
The FBI's spy house on Wisconsin Ave. Cameras could be seen in the tinted skylights on the roof.
Washington, D.C.

FBI Spy House

A painfully obvious spy house sits right across the street from the Russian Embassy.
38.9242, -77.0728
National Building Museum
Washington, D.C.

National Building Museum

Fittingly, America's museum of architecture is itself a magnificently designed old building.
38.8978, -77.0175
Washington, D.C.

Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle Ruins

A derelict bit of transportation infrastructure hidden in the woods.
38.9068, -77.0792
lilies blooming in September
Washington, D.C.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

A lovely aquatic park built by a one-armed Civil War veteran who made a fortune from Lotus flowers.
38.9128, -76.9433