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History Quest platform updated

Since the December 2017 launch of History Quest, the DC Historic Preservation Office has continued to gather and refine historical data on the city’s buildings.  History Quest is a graphic GIS-based map providing information on over 132,000 original “to build” permits of the District’s building stock.  


Would You Have Asked William Thornton to Design Your House?

I finished the third part of my essay on the Thornton and the Octagon: "Would You Have Asked William Thornton to Design Your House?"


In this part I explore Thornton's relationship with George Washington, and show how Thornton was more of an architecture critic than an architect. Here is the end of my essay:

Bob Arnebeck