Federal

National Archives Building

The National Archives Building has very Asiatic lion heads accenting the roof line.  There are also some griffins in the frieze over the Constitution Ave entrance.  My favorite part of this building’s story is that the location was changed twice before construction only to place it at one of the worst locations for an actual archive.  According to the archives web site.  “One of the first issues builders confronted was how to protect the foundation from possible flooding from the Old Tiber Creek bed, which runs under the National Archives Building. Contractors drove 8,575 piles into the unstable soil before constructing a huge concrete bowl as a foundation."

 

 

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

The lions of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial were the inspiration for this site.  They had made an impression on me, long before they gained prominence in the opening credits of “House of Cards” on Netflix.  I have walked by these great cats, rendered in blue-green bronze, nearly every day for over a decade and they have become old friends that greet me warmly each morning.  They have always stood out as my favorite feature of the sprawling memorial though the intricate and extensive battle scenes that sit to either side of them, and the towering statue of Grant on horseback get more attention.