Neighborhoods Lafayette Square & Southwest/Waterfront
When it was named, Lafayette Square was a place of elegance, refinement and power - adjacent to the White House.
Today it showcases buildings with dramatic architecture along with statues and sculptures whose fascinating stories
reflect the history of the city and the nation. Prominence is the order of the day in this area of town, which is home
to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, founded nearly 150 years ago for the purpose of "encouraging American genius"; Decatur
House Museum, one of the city's oldest surviving homes; the magnificent Beaux Arts Old Executive Office Building, Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery,
St. John's Church and DAR Constitution Hall.
Metro: Farragut West, McPherson Sq
South of the National Mall is a neighborhood home to the award-winning Arena
Stage (the first theater company to be awarded a Tony Award outside of New York),
Benjamin Banneker Circle and Fountain, the Titanic Memorial and L'Enfant Plaza.
The scenic waterfront area features a shimmering array of piers, sailboats, yachts,
fishing boats, seafood markets, and restaurants. Sightseeing cruises depart from the marina regularly.
Though once a working-class, immigrant neighborhood Southwest was revitalized through early urban renewal
programs in the 1950s. Revitalization has come to the waterfront once again, with the opening of the Mandarin
Oriental Hotel and the Portals, a luxury office and condominium development.
Lafayette Square is adjacent to the White House