PRINT September 1978

Capital Follies

PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE ISN’T VERY beautiful, which is why the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation has been created. The P.A.D.C. is a federal agency with a total budget of $130,000,000 (with congressional approval to raise this figure to $225,000,000 through borrowing), of which it proposes to spend $14,000,000 on the first part of the overall task, the improvement of an area at the avenue’s western end.

The P.A.D.C.’s original plan called for the collaboration of two teams of architects, an artist, and a group of engineers. These, following a selection process described below, turned out to be: Venturi and Rauch with George Patton, and M. Paul Friedberg with Jerome Lindsey; Richard Serra; and the firm of Hennington Durham, and Richardson (Consulting Engineers).

Of these, the two participants who matter most in our story are Venturi and Serra. Serra is now off the project, which will

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