Downtown is a neighborhood of Washington, D.C., Columbia and a colloquial name for the central business district in the city’s northwest quadrant. It is the fourth largest central business district in the United States. Historically, the Downtown has been defined as an area east of 16th Street NW, north of the National Mall and US Capitol complex, and south of Massachusetts Avenue, including the Penn Quarter. However, the city says that most residents, workers, and visitors think of Downtown in a broader sense—including areas as far north as Dupont Circle, the Golden Triangle, as far west as Foggy Bottom, and as far east as Capitol Hill. A small portion of this area is known as the Downtown Historic District and was listed on the NRHP in 2001.
The Golden Triangle is an area defined by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). It is part of a larger Downtown area, according to The Washington Post and the DC Department of Planning. The Golden Triangle boundaries are, very roughly:
Downtown is an area in Washington, D.C., CO and is a colloquial term to refer to the business center that lies in the northwest section in the center of town. It is the fourth biggest Central Business District in the United States. In the past, the Downtown was defined as a region east of 16th Street NW, north of the National Mall and US Capitol complex, and the south end of Massachusetts Avenue, including the Penn Quarter. The city claims that most residents, workers, and visitors see Downtown in a wider sense, including areas that extend north of Dupont Circle, the Golden Triangle, and up to Foggy Bottom, even as much in the east as Capitol Hill. Downtown Historic District is a small part of this region and was added to the NRHP in 2001.
Golden Triangle Golden Triangle is an area designated in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID). This is part of the larger Downtown region, as per The Washington Post and the DC Department of Planning. It’s Golden Triangle boundaries are, in a very general way:
- Northwest: New Hampshire Ave., N.W., and the DuPont Circle neighborhood,
- Northeast: Massachusetts Ave., N.W., and the DuPont Circle neighborhood
- East: 16th Street, N.W., as well as The Downtown DC BID EZ Bed Bug Exterminator Washington DC
- Southwest: Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., along with Foggy Bottom: the Foggy Bottom neighborhood
- West 21st Street, N.W., and The Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods.
Golden Triangle BID Golden Triangle BID thus overlaps the southern part that is part of the DuPont Circle area. It is the Washington, D.C. tourist office, unlike other sources, advertises its Golden Triangle area as “Downtown” and Traditional Downtown as “Penn Quarter & Chinatown.”
In the 1990s and to the end of the decade, The core of the downtown area was only commercial, and its main commercial usage was for office buildings. It was also home to numerous tourist attractions, such as the museums (such like the International Spy Museum, National Aquarium, National Archives, National Building Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Portrait Gallery, Newseum, and Smithsonian American Art Museum) and theatres (such as Ford’s Theatre, National Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Warner Theatre along with Woolly Mammoth Theatre). There are many places to visit in the Penn Quarter, and the Chinatown areas are home to various eateries and bars. The observation deck at the top of The Old Post Office Pavilion is famous for its city views. 7th Street NW between H and F Streets NW — a small commercial strip referred to as “Gallery Place”-has grown into the center of many bars, restaurants, theaters, and high-end retail stores.
Most of the downtown area of Washington is comprised of office buildings with different architectural styles. The oldest are from the Federal school, such as The White House, the Treasury Building, Blair House, and the rowhouses in Lafayette Square. The other buildings span in style from Neoclassical (such as the ones located in the Federal Triangle) to Second Empire-style (the Eisenhower Executive Office Building) to postmodern (One Farragut Square South as well as Franklin Tower at 1401 I Street NW).
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