Architecture: New Faces for L'Enfant

The 20th century may be an age of reinforced concrete, steel, aluminum and glass. But when it comes to city planning, architects can only express admiration for the grand design for Washington, D.C., as it was originally laid down by France's Pierre Charles L'Enfant in 1791. No architect affirms this more staunchly than San Francisco's Nathaniel Owings, senior member of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He has good reason to: he is chairman of the President's Temporary Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue and is also responsible for drafting a master plan for developing the...

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