Metro Lecture by Zachary Schrag

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2301 L Street NW
Washington, D.C.
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Join Docomomo US/DC on April 3 for 'An Example for the Nation': Modernism and Classicism in the Washington Metro, a lecture by Zachary Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro.


In 2014, the American Institute of Architects bestowed its Twenty-Five Year Award on the stations of the Washington Metro, noting that the "original Metro stations have become icons of Washington architecture," and that "they are quintessentially modern while maintaining a certain grandeur befitting the nation's capital." In his lecture, Zachary Schrag will explore how architect Harry Weese; his client, the National Capital Transportation Agency; and the Commission of Fine Arts integrated modernist values and Washington's classical traditions to create a design that won admiration at the time and remains inspiring half a century later.


Zachary M. Schrag is a professor of history at George Mason University. He is the author of  The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). He is now working on a third book, an examination of the Philadelphia nativist riots of 1844.


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