The Washington Monument was completed in 1884, and at 555 feet high remains the tallest building in Washington, DC.
In 1894, the construction of the 164-foot-high Cairo Hotel prompted the DC Commissioners to put a height restriction on all building in the District: 90 feet for residential and 110 feet for business. But is this the right policy to guide future growth in the nation’s capital?Join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 5 in person or on Ustream, for a lively discussion on the impact of building heights.A panel of international experts will discuss the role governments play in managing building height in capital cities worldwide and examine strategies to balance city character and economic vitality in other capitals.
Presented in partnership with the National Capital Planning Commission.
Image: Photograph of the Placement of the Washington Monument’s Capstone in Washington, DC, 188, Record Group 121, ARC 596332.

The Washington Monument was completed in 1884, and at 555 feet high remains the tallest building in Washington, DC.

In 1894, the construction of the 164-foot-high Cairo Hotel prompted the DC Commissioners to put a height restriction on all building in the District: 90 feet for residential and 110 feet for business.

But is this the right policy to guide future growth in the nation’s capital?

Join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 5 in person or on Ustream, for a lively discussion on the impact of building heights.

A panel of international experts will discuss the role governments play in managing building height in capital cities worldwide and examine strategies to balance city character and economic vitality in other capitals.

Presented in partnership with the National Capital Planning Commission.

Image: Photograph of the Placement of the Washington Monument’s Capstone in Washington, DC, 188, Record Group 121, ARC 596332.