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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.
Flashpoint is an organization that works towards promoting and nurturing artists and other creative individuals. Various exhibitions and dance shows are held at this venue and it also helps promote cultural organizations. Flashpoint has a dance studio, an art gallery, theatre, all of which are available on rent as well as other space for various meetings. Fairly popular, this is a place you might want to check out if you are creatively inclined.
The Pavilion at the Old Post Office was built in 1899 and served as the main post office for the country. Saved from demolition, it was renovated and reopened in 1983. Today, it provides a little of everything, office space for the National Arts and Humanities Endowments, shops and restaurants. Under the building's enormous atrium, visitors may browse, play a round of miniature golf and enjoy free concerts at noon. Do not miss a ride up the clock tower for one of the most spectacular views of the city.
Seeing the nation's capital by bike is not only healthy, but it also allows visitors to get a closer view of DC. This guided bicycle tour takes in many of Washington's magnificent monuments and landmarks; everything from the White House and Washington Monument to the to the Freer Gallery and Rock Creek Park. The standard tour covers about eight miles in three hours. Most of the tour is on paved paths and gravel trails. The company also rents bikes, wheelchairs and scooters.
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.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is takes you on a journey of discovery of iconic American art and the artists that created it from the 17th Century to the present day. The building itself is of heritage value and designated a National Historic Landmark. The expansive collection is spread out over multiple levels and there is a spacious courtyard where you can take a break. Discover the works of Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keefe on the first floor; the works of Gilbert Stuart and Albert Bierstadt on the second, and Franz Kline and Andy Warhol on the third. Various art movements and periods are well demonstrated in the carefully curated exhibits, like New Deal Art, and provide an engaging narrative for the visitor to follow. Docent-led tours are a great way to discover the highlights in an interactive way. The Renwick Gallery, the main buildings sister wing, is also worth a visit.