Trumping the Triangle

For more than two centuries, Washington has struggled to accommodate democratic aspirations and prosaic realities, the lofty ideals of the nation and the quotidian dealings of a contested and often corrupt city. No part of the capital better reveals these tensions than the famous Federal Triangle.

Washington has long struggled to reconcile lofty national ideals with quotidian urban interests. No part of the capital better reveals this tension than the Federal Triangle.




  • Alan Thomas
  • Belmont Freeman
  • Keith Eggener
  • Sandy Isenstadt

Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas is a columnist for Places. He is Editorial Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a professor of architectural history at the University of Delaware, and a columnist for Places.

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