Before the Civil War, the only place in America to get a sophisticated education in engineering was the military academy at West Point. It was from this pool of elite, educated officers that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was formed. Up until the 1930s, military engineers from the Corps built many of the iconic structures that define Washington D.C. and the United States today, including the Washington Monument, the Library of Congress, and the Lincoln Memorial, among others. In The Army Corps of Engineers: Building Managers for the Capital City at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, architectural historian Pamela Scott spotlights the often-overlooked but significant role the Corps played in building the city we know today.
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