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As a city of famous buildings, Washington DC is second to none. and the diversity of its architecture is instantly apparent. Almost any combination of GreekRevival museums, Victorian townhouses. Federal-styleoffice buildings and baroque churches can be found with-in the same general area in any part of the city. While modem steel and glass structures provide interesting contrast, none invade the sky. Among the most significant stipulations in designer Pierre LEnfant's plan, was that no building should be taller than the Capitol dome. A more recent city ordinance prohibits new buildings from being more than 13 stories tall. Therefore, the Washington of today has no skyscrapers, making it unique among majorAmerican cities.
Pennsylvania Avenue features many of the more notable District buildings along its broad route between TheWhite House and the Capitol. The White House is flanked by the historic Old Executive Office Building on one side, and the Treasury on the other. Toward, Capitol, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, headquarters for Federal Bureau of Investigation, is a formidable momument to law enforcement. Across Pennsylvafrom the FBI Building, the classical Nations Archives building occupies a large block between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues. Directly east of the 1st Street, is the Supreme Court, housed imposing marable temple with twin rows of Corinthian columns.
South and just west of The White House is another of the capital's many distinctive buildings — the House of Americas, headquarters of the Organization of American States. Finally, any list of the more notable buildings in Washington DC would have to include a pricey apartment, office and commercial cornplex known as the Watergate.