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Library Exhibit Highlights Commission's Role in Creation of National Mall

The McMillan Plan reinforced L'Enfant's Mall as a formal ceremonial and commemorative space.

The McMillan Plan reinforced L'Enfant's Mall as a formal ceremonial and commemorative space.

The current library exhibit entitled, A Century of Design: The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 1910–2010, recognizes the impact of this important institution on the development of the national Mall and its monuments.

The seven members of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts are appointed by the President to advise the government on matters of design, primarily as it affects the federal areas of Washington, D.C. The exhibit, A Century of Design: The U. S. Commission of Fine Arts, 1910–2010, was developed by the National Building Museum in cooperation with the Commission and was on view at the museum from May 15 to July 18, 2010. The panels on display at AU Library are excerpted from that larger exhibition and focus on commemorative works and the Commission’s role in creating the National Mall as we know it today. They examine key building projects that shaped Washington, D.C. as the nation's capital over the last 100 years and the influence the Commission had in the process.

The exhibit includes a case of materials from the AU Library collections related to the work of the Commission. A selected bibliography of library materials is available for pick-up or may be downloaded here.

For more information about the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, visit www.cfa.gov.