Arts Library Hosts The Exhibition "Extending The Legacy: Planning
Americas Capital For The 21st Century"
14, 2000 -- The Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library at
the University of Virginia is displaying the exhibition, "Extending
the Legacy: Planning Americas Capital for the 21st
Century," on long-term loan from the National Capital Planning
Commission (NCPC) in Washington, D.C.
"Extending the Legacy," the NCPC presents its ideas for
the future look and functions of the capital, including the Mall
and surrounding areas, 50 to 100 years from now. The exhibition
displays these plans in magnificent detail mounted on birch veneer
panels and hung around the circular third-level mezzanine floor
of the Fine Arts Library. The exhibit also includes past visions
of the capital, including the first plans of the city commissioned
by George Washington and done by Pierre Charles LEnfant in
1791 and the McMillan Commission plans of 1901. Together, these
two plans outline the Washington, D.C. of today.
NCPC plan builds upon the ideas of both the LEnfant and McMillan
plans and addresses the concerns of a growing city. With over 20
million tourists visiting the capital each year, a number expected
to double over the next 50 years, the risk of over-crowding and
over-use remains high. The "Extending the Legacy" plan
moves beyond the Mall and memorials to the areas, waterfronts, and
neighborhoods outside the Mall in the hope of making the capital
an open, accessible, and attractive place in which to live and travel.
Included in the plans of the NCPC are revitalized waterfronts along
the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, new memorial sites, open and public
spaces, and new transportation options such as the removal of inefficient
roadways and bridges that dissect the city, the use of water taxis,
expanded rail service, and longer and more frequent Metrorail trains.
These proposals are all aimed at opening up the city and lessening
wanted to bring this exhibit to U.Va. not only because of its architectural
and urban planning significance, but also because of its significance
to us all as a plan for our national capital," said Jack Robertson,
director of the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library. Robertson contacted
the NCPC and secured the loan of the exhibit for five years.
exhibit as originally shown in Washington, D.C. at the National
Building Museum (May-September 1998) included five video players
that played specially produced video documents. Copies of these
videos are available for viewing or check-out in the Fine Arts Library.
exhibition is free and open to the public and may be viewed during
the librarys operating hours of 8 a.m. to midnight Monday
through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday,
and noon to midnight on Sunday. For more information about "Extending
the Legacy," visit the NCPC web site at: http://www.ncpc.gov/lgcyrder.html.
Funding to bring the exhibit to U.Va. was provided in part by Sarah
F. Dupont and by the U.Va. School of Architecture. For more information
about the exhibition, contact Heather Burns of the Fine Arts Library
at (804) 924-6607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For electronic or printed photos of the exhibit to illustrate this
story, contact Melissa Norris at (804) 924-4254 or email@example.com