Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tom Luebke: Rosslyn's High-Rise Project Should Respect L'Enfant's Plan

Going Up?
Rosslyn's High-Rise Project Should Respect L'Enfant's Plan
Sunday, June 3, 2007; Page B08

Last month, the Arlington County Board approved construction of two high-rise towers in Rosslyn that would be 76 feet taller than that business district's tallest existing buildings. This is just one example of many recent development proposals -- quite literally on the horizon -- that could have a noticeable impact on the symbolic setting of the nation's capital.

The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) was established in 1910 to promote and protect the design and dignity of the nation's capital. For nearly a century, it has provided advice on architecture, landscaping and public art to the federal and District governments. The commission has long recognized that Rosslyn's skyline has a great impact on the setting of the Mall and the major symbols of our nation.

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-- Thomas Luebke


The writer is secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. e-mail here

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