Grand Avenues: The Story of Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French Visionary By Scott W. Berg

Time Period
1764 to 1824
Media Type
Art & Architecture
Scott W. Berg

In 1791, George Washington asked Pierre Charles L’Enfant, who had been a French volunteer during the American Revolution, to design a new federal city on the Potomac for the young republic. Suffering from constant interference, L’Enfant persisted in his work for a year before being dismissed. Yet, his ambitious geometrical plan for the District of Columbia survived and endures to this day.

In Grand Avenues, Scott W. Berg resurrects the cranky L’Enfant and reveals how his influence persists in the nation’s capital city.

At the time of this lecture, Dr. Berg taught English at George Mason University. (Introduction by Nelson D. Lankford)