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Washington D.C., the capital city of the United States, has a rich and fascinating history. The city was founded in 1790 by President George Washington and was named after him. It was designed to be the permanent national capital, a neutral area that would not be controlled by any one state.

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Historic Washington

Washington D.C. was founded in 1790 as the capital of the United States. It was designed by Pierre Charles L'Enfant, who incorporated grand avenues and public squares into his plan for the city. The federal government buildings were designed in the Neoclassical style, with white marble and colonnades, and many of them still stand today.

One of the most notable features of Washington D.C.'s architecture is its use of slate roofing. This type of roofing was chosen for its durability and longevity, and it can be seen on many of the city's historic buildings. The White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington Monument are all examples of buildings with slate roofs. Today, Washington D.C. continues to be known for its beautiful and historic architecture.
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A Brief History of Washingon

The District of Columbia, commonly known as Washington D.C., was founded in 1790 as the capital of the United States. The land was ceded by Maryland and Virginia, and the city itself was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States. Pierre Charles L'Enfant, a French architect and city planner, was commissioned to design the nascent city and his plan included a grand boulevard, now known as the National Mall, which would serve as the city's centerpiece and connect important governmental buildings.

During Washington's early years, it struggled to develop due to a lack of funding and resources. It was tragically burned by the British during the War of 1812 and many government buildings, including the White House, were destroyed. The city was rebuilt and continued to grow, but it was not until the 1850s that it began to resemble the city we know today.

The American Civil War brought significant changes to the city, as it became a major center of the abolitionist movement and a hub for the Union army. After the war, Washington continued to expand and modernize, with the construction of new government buildings, such as the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court, as well as the expansion of infrastructure, such as the construction of the Washington Metro.
Unsurprisingly, Washington has played a significant role in American history and is home to many iconic landmarks and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian Institution. The National Mall is a popular tourist destination and is home to many of the city's most famous museums, including the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History.

It is also known for its historic architecture, including the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Old Post Office Pavilion, which has been converted into a luxury hotel. The city's historic neighborhoods, such as Georgetown and Dupont Circle, are also popular among tourists and feature well-preserved examples of 18th and 19th-century architecture.

Modern era, Washington D.C. has become a major center for politics and policy, with the White House and Congress located in the city. It is also a major center for international diplomacy, as it is home to numerous foreign embassies and international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Washington D.C. is a city steeped in history, from its founding as the nation's capital to its role in shaping American politics and culture. Visitors can explore the city's monuments, museums, and historic neighborhoods, as well as its modern political and cultural institutions.

District of Columbia's Landmarks

1. The Cleveland Abbe House was built in 1884 and was originally the residence of Cleveland Abbe, a meteorologist and astronomer, one of the founding members of the U.S. Weather Bureau. The house is an example of the Victorian architectural style and features a mix of Italianate and Queen Anne design elements, a dormered gable roof and red-brick construction. The Cleveland Abbe House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and currently serves as a private residence.

2. The Administration Building of the Carnegie Institution of Washington was designed by the architectural firm of Hornblower & Marshall and built in 1907. The building is a prime example of the Beaux-Arts architectural style, characterized by its grandeur and symmetry, with a limestone façade, a central dome, and a grand entrance. 

The Administration Building houses the administrative offices of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, a scientific research organization, and has served as a hub for scientific research and discovery for over a century. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and it remains an important part of Washington's scientific community.

3. The American Federation of Labor Building, also known as the AFL-CIO Building, was designed by the architectural firm of Harrison & Abramowitz and built in 1955. The building is a prime example of International Style architecture, characterized by its sleek lines and minimal ornamentation, with a modernist design, steel and glass construction, geometric shapes, and a symmetrical façade. 

The American Federation of Labor Building served as the headquarters of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), one of the most influential labor unions in the United States. The AFL-CIO building is an important part of American labor history, as it served as a hub for the American labor movement for many decades. It is considered as a National Historic Landmark and it is no longer in use by the AFL-CIO.
4. The Arts and Industries Building is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Adolf Cluss and Paul Schulze and built in 1881. It was one of the first buildings constructed for the Smithsonian Institution and remains a prime example of the Victorian architectural style, characterized by its ornate decoration, with a red brick and sandstone façade, a central dome, and a grand entrance. 

The Arts and Industries Building was originally designed as an exhibition hall, and it was used to house many of the Smithsonian's scientific and cultural exhibits, including the first American typewriter, and the first airplane flown by the Wright brothers. 

The building was closed to the public in 2004, due to safety concerns and after that, it was closed for a decade-long renovation. It reopened in 2016, and it serves as a flexible event space for Smithsonian's special events, exhibitions, and programs.

5. The Ashburton House was built in 1848 and was originally the residence of Alexander and Margaret Clay, the brother and sister-in-law of Henry Clay, one of the most influential politicians of the 19th century. The building is an example of the Greek Revival architectural style, characterized by its symmetrical façade, columned porticos, and a triangular pediment. 

The house was named after Lord Ashburton, who was the British Ambassador to the United States between 1885 and 1891 and lived there during his tenure. The building was used as an office and residence for various U.S government officials and diplomats. Currently, it serves as the official residence of the Ambassador of Australia to the United States. 

The Ashburton House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and it is considered an important part of American diplomatic and political history.
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Our Mid-Atlantic Branch

The Durable Slate Company is the premier provider of slate, clay-tile, and copper roofing services in the Washington D.C. area. With decades of experience and a team of specifically trained professionals, we offer the highest quality workmanship and the most exceptional, long-lasting roofs in the region. Whether you're a homeowner looking to upgrade your roof or a contractor in need of a reliable partner, The Durable Slate Company has you covered. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you protect your home or building with a beautiful and durable slate roof.

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Our Roofing Services

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Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is a type of roofing material made from natural slate stone that is quarried from the earth. It is a popular roofing material due to its durability, longevity, and natural beauty.
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Clay-Tile Roofing

Clay tile roofing is a type of roofing material made from baked clay. It is a popular roofing material in areas with warm, dry climates, as the tiles are well-suited to withstand high temperatures and sun exposure.
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Copper Roofing

Copper roofing is a type of roofing system made from copper, a durable and corrosion-resistant metal. Copper has been used as a roofing material for centuries and is still used today for its durability, longevity, and aesthetic appeal.
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Copper Gutters

Copper gutters are a type of rain gutter system made from copper, a durable and corrosion-resistant metal. They are typically used to collect and channel rainwater away from the roof of a building to prevent water damage and erosion around the foundation.
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