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President Wilson lived in this Georgian-Revival house after he left office, creating a comfortable, unpretentious residence with his second wife, Edith. He is the only president to remain in Washington after office. The couple collected items from all over the world, filling their home with eclectic wares. There is a baseball signed by Great Britain's King George V and a silent movie projector given to the Wilsons by the actor Douglas Fairbanks. The bedroom is modeled after the couple's White House sleeping quarters.
On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater and was brought to this boarding house across the street. Doctors attended to him throughout the night, but he died early the next morning. The house, now a National Historic Site, is open for visitors. It belonged to a tailor, William Petersen. The front and back parlors, as well as the bedroom where Lincoln died, have been restored to their Civil War-era appearance. Though most of the furnishings are not original, the bloodstained pillow and pillowcases are the ones used by Lincoln on that fateful night. A visit here is a solemn affair. Admission is free.
Pennsylvania Avenue plays host to Presidential parades, political protests and various marches. In 1965, the Secretary of the Interior marked Pennsylvania Avenue as a national historic site. It encloses the avenue between the Capitol and the White House a few blocks farther. This was the first downtown avenue to have shops, markets and a financial district in the 19th century, but by the 20th century, it became an eye sore. In 1892, it was saved from degradation with the construction of a new post office at 12th Street, which became a landmark building. Designed in Romanesque style, it also has a 315-foot (90-meter) tall clock tower. The District Building came up later at 14th Street in Beaux Arts style, a landmark that is now a government office.
Named after one of America's most popular former presidents, The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in D.C.'s largest building at 3.1 million square feet and makes exceptionally good use of all that space. Visitors will find a first-class conference and event center, an executive office space, a food court, and classy dining venues inside this esteemed establishment.
Estadounidenses famosos y distinguidos son honrados en la Galería Nacional de Retratos mediante retratos, fotografías y otros medios visuales. Una amplia variedad de políticos, artistas, científicos y activistas sociales están representados. Esta galería es un testimonio notable de las diversas figuras que los Estados Unidos han producido, desde Grace Kelly y Boris Karloff hasta George Washington, Mickey Mantle y Gertrude Stein. Las fotografías, grabados, dibujos y esculturas complementan las pinturas. De particular interés es la Sala de los Presidentes, que cuenta con un retrato o escultura de cada director ejecutivo.
Department of the Interior Museum casts a wide net, reflecting the many concerns of this government agency throughout its history. From mining to regional history, from national parks to Native-American art, the displays here provide a composite of that nebulous concept, the U.S. "interior." But for those who like to start their explorations with details, there are countless artifacts to attract attention, including historical documents, pottery and geological finds. Admission is free.