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.




  • Belmont Freeman
  • Sandy Isenstadt
  • Despina Stratigakos
  • Simon Sadler

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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Sandy Isenstadt

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

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Despina Stratigakos

Despina Stratigakos, an associate professor at the University of Buffalo, is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? and other books on architectural history.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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