Sep 08

Mount Vernon Square



A city square, Mount Vernon Square is a neighborhood and historic district in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The second largest building in the city after the U.S. Capitol, Walter E. Washington Convention Center is on the north side of the square. Meanwhile, on the east the former offices of National Public Radio, on the south side is the Techworld office development and Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church is on the west. Furthermore, the District of Columbia Public Library is the central part of the square. Finished in 1903, the library building made up of white marble was a gift of industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

In old times, Victorian-style townhomes originally occupied this area and was originally a vibrant business district before it declined in the 1930s. The area around the square suffered arson, rioting, and extensive vandalism during Martin Luther King, Jr. riots in 1968. In order to purchase the area southwest of Mount Vernon Square itself, the city used eminent domain in 1977. For the next couple of years, all businesses and homes were completely destroyed and the last business to exist was a Chinese restaurant named Nan King that remained until 1979. Then in 1980 the construction of Washington Convention Center started and opened in December 1982. It was being replaced by the new Walter E. Washington Convention Center in 2004 and the site of the old center was used as a municipal parking lot and for special events.

To build a new 300,000-square-foot headquarters, AAMC or Association of American Medical Colleges bought the site of land of Mount Vernon Triangle at Seventh and K streets N.W.

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