Day 45

Palisades (September 20, 2019)

Back in the Palisades on a hot day that made it seem more like July than late September. The Palisades run along next to the Potomac river which also acts as an approach to National Airport, so planes are constantly overhead.

We sat for a while in a park overlooking the Potomac. In the distance, we could hear and see rowing crews going through their paces.

Once again, we found ourselves walking by the Georgetown reservoir and passed by the Castle Gatehouse. This castle is actually a pumping station built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1899. The design was intended to replicate the Corps’ insignia.

Continuing along Reservoir Road, we passed by the extensive German embassy. Its Chancery building, designed by Egon Eiermann, opened in 1964. Eiermann was one of Germany’s most prominent architects of the 20th century. The building’s design evokes the Bauhaus school and was meant as a disavowal of the Nazi architecture of Albert Speer. In 2014, a $46.5 million renovation was completed. It is definitely one of or favorite embassy buildings.

Every once in a while we come across a completely original house. This house fits into that category. It appears to have been a traditional brick colonial that had undergone a renovation and had its top floor clad in shiny steel.

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