December 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
With “An Historical Atlas of Washington, DC, 1780s to 2015,” scholar Pamela Scott will focus on how maps—such as plans for DC, including those by Peter L’Enfant and Andrew Jackson Downing—can both create and record design changes. L’Enfant’s 1791 plan for the city has dominated Washington’s physical development for more than two centuries. Downing conceived of his plan for a picturesque Mall as a counterpoint to the formality of L’Enfant’s plan. The Senate Park Commissioners sought to revive its formality with a plan that tamed the land added to the west and south of the city.
Pamela Scott is an independent scholar who researches, lectures, and writes about Washington’s architecture, landscape, and planning histories. She taught these subjects for 32 years at various universities with programs in Washington.