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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.
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those who like to start their explorations with details, there are countless artifacts to attract attention, including historical documents, pottery and geological finds.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.
A variety of European park styles are on display here at Meridian Hill Park, from long French promenades to Renaissance terraces. Waterfalls and pools abound among curling pathways. Especially delightful is the water staircase, a terraced waterfall. Nearby is the historic Adams-Morgan neighborhood, which features myriad ethnic restaurants and eclectic shops.
Chinatown is a neighborhood of the hustling and the bustling city of Washington, DC. From coffee houses to hole-in-the-wall restaurant to unique boutiques, you have it all in this place. After under-going major renovations in 2006, this district has become one of the hip and happening spots. Movie theaters and high-end shopping boutiques attracts young and chic crowd. True to its name, most of the businesses have Chinese signs and feature Chinese products. You can see the blend of tradition and modernity in this uber cool area.