Metro Center Mural of Washington DC Sites

Mural At Metro Center - Full Mural

Mural At Metro Center - Full Mural

Inside the Metro Center Metro Station is a 15 foot by 60 foot mural depicting many of the popular tourist sties in Washington DC. This mural is inside the entrance at the northeast corner of 12th and G Streets NW. It is located along the wall with the entrance from the Metro Station into the Macy’s Downtown-Metro Center Department Store. Fare card machine stand against that wall, and the mural is above those fare card machines.

Although this mural is located inside the Metro Center station, it is located in the area between the outside entrance and the turnstiles where the fare cards are read as riders enter the station. So it is possible to view this mural without having to pay a fare to ride the Metro. At the same time, Metro Center has four entrances, and it is possible to view the mural without paying a fare only by entering the 12th and G Streets NW entrance.

Entrances to the Metro Center Station are at these locations:

  • 13th and G Streets NW (Southeast Corner)
  • 11th and G Streets NW (Southeast Corner)
  • 12th and G Streets NW (Northeast Corner) – The mural is located at this entrance.
  • 12th and F Streets NW (Southwest Corner)

The image below is of the left more or less triangular shaped portion of the mural. It depicts carved figures and fossils from the Smithsonian Institution Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle (its first building), a noble lion guarding the Columbus Statute located near Union Station and Union Station itself.

Mural at Metro Center - Triangular Portion at Left

Mural at Metro Center - Triangular Portion at Left

The large rectangular piece that constitutes the center of the mural incorporates many images from around Washington DC. But interestingly there are two hands painted at the top of the mural. Each hand forms a letter from the ASL, American Sign Language, alphabet. The letters are U and P, and they are painted in an arc of blue that may represent the sky. At the sides of the hand signs for UP are arrows that point to the right and left, directions that would take a Metro rider to street level.

Just below the UP is a painting of the Dupont Circle Fountain. To the left of the fountain is a painting of a panda from the Washington Zoo. To the right of the panda and beneath the Dupont Circle Fountain is a painting of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

To the right of the painting of the Jefferson Memorial is a painting of the Washington Monument with cherry blossoms bursting forth.

Finally, to the far right of the center rectangle is a painting of the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln found in the Lincoln Memorial.

Mural at Metro Center - Rectangular Portion That Constitutes the Center of the Mural

Mural at Metro Center - Rectangular Portion That Constitutes the Center of the Mural

The right triangular portion of the mural has some interesting images. At the top is a painting of one of those fisheye type mirrors. Visible in the reflected image is the Metro attendant’s booth complete with attendant sitting inside. Toward the bottom of the reflected image is a person in what looks like a pink or rose colored winter coat. A third person is standing over near the turnstiles.

At the lower edge of the triangle is a man at the top of an escalator. Between the fisheye mirror painted at the top and the escalator rider at the bottom is an Asian style lion or dog and some figures painted to look like carved marble.

Mural at Metro Center - Triangular Portion at Right

Mural at Metro Center - Triangular Portion at Right

This mural was painted in 1988 by G. Byron Peck who has painted a number of murals in Washington DC as well as others around the world.

This mural is located inside the Metro Center Metro Station at the 12th and G Streets NW entrance. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the 12th and G Streets NW entrance to the Metro Center Metro Station.

Closest Metro Station: Metro Center on the Blue, Orange, and Red Lines is the nearest Metro Station to this mural (as the mural is inside the Metro station).

Commodore John Barry

Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

John Barry served in the Continental Navy and fought in the Revolutionary War. He is known as the Father of the American Navy.

Sculpture at Top of Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

Sculpture at Top of Commodore John Barry Monument - Franklin Square Park - Washington, DC

The inscription at the bottom of the monument reads:

John Barry
Commodore United States Navy
Born County Wexford Ireland 1745
Died in Philadelphia 1803

This monument consists of a statute of Commodore Barry standing on top of a base of pink marble with steps of pink granite. The sculptor was John J. Boyle, and the standing figure was installed in 1914.

The base is adorned by the carved figure of a woman standing on the bow of a ship, an olive branch in her raised right hand. Her lowered left hand holds a shield and sword steady at her side. To her right at the same level as the sword and shield, an eagle standing on a branch of oak leaves gazes up at her.

This monument is located on the west side of the Franklin Square Park and right next to 14th Street NW and halfway between I and K Streets NW. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the statue of Commodore John Barry.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to Franklin Square.

Franklin Square

Franklin Square Park - Franklin Square Sign Located Near the Intersection of 14th and K Streets, NW

Franklin Square Park - Franklin Square Sign Located Near the Intersection of 14th and K Streets, NW

Franklin Square is a park located in downtown Washington, DC. The park is mostly green open space with plenty of trees and one of DC’s least spectacular fountains right in the middle. The park was named after Benjamin Franklin.

Fountain Located in the Middle of Franklin Square Park

Fountain Located in the Middle of Franklin Square Park

On the west side of the park and right next to 14th Street NW is a statute of Commodore John Barry.

The park is bordered on the east by 13th Street NW, on the south by I Street NW, on the west by 14th Street NW and on the north by K Street NW. Some who are paying close attention to the street names may conclude that the park fills two block between I and K Streets NW. But Washington has no J Street, so I and K Streets are only one block apart. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of Franklin Square Park in Washington DC.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to Franklin Square.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Franklin Square is mentioned in Chapters 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 102, 105, 106, 113, 115 and 126.

Space Window Stained Glass With Moon Rock – From the Outside

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC- Viewed from Outside on a Bright Day

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC- Viewed from Outside on a Bright Day

This entry takes a look at the Space Window Stained Glass on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral from the outside.

Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Click Space Window from Inside to see the StationStart.com entry about this window as viewed from inside the cathedral while the stained glass is very well illuminated by direct sunlight on bright day.

Blue, Purple, Green and Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day - Notice the Piece Toward the Center, Blue in Reflected Light and Green in Light That Has Passed Through the Glass

Blue, Purple, Green and Red Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day - Notice the Piece Toward the Center, Blue in Reflected Light and Green in Light That Has Passed Through the Glass

The stained glass windows in the National Cathedral are spectacularly bright and colorful when viewed from inside the cathedral on a sunny day. But from the outside the various colors of glass are deeper, darker and more subtle. In some cases the colors can be quite different when viewed from opposite sides. And of course the inside and outside views are mirror images of each other.

Green Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Green Stained Glass Panel of the Space Window - Mirror Images Viewed from Inside and Outside on a Bright Day

Looking at the Space Window from the outside also brings to light, so to speak, the gargoyle and stone carvings located nearby.

Carved Face To The Left of the Space Window

Carved Face To The Left of the Space Window

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral.

Carved Face To The Right of the Space Window

Carved Face To The Right of the Space Window

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the approximate location of the Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral.

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Front

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Front

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Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Side

Gargoyle Located Beneath the Space Window - Viewed from Side

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The Space Window Stained Glass with Moon Rock is mentioned in Chapters 79.

Space Window Stained Glass With Moon Rock – From the Inside

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC

Space Window Stained Glass with Fragment of Moon Rock - National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Space Window Stained Glass is located on the south side of the Washington National Cathedral. It has a much darker hue than most of the stained glass in the cathedral, as it is constructed from a lunar rock along with glass of very deep shades of blue, red and green.

The picture above was taken on a day when the window was brightly lit by direct sunlight. The red is clear and bright, and the heavens of emerald green on the right shine from the darkness. The bright sunlight also gives some of the edging pieces made of yellow and red glass glow like neon lights.

Click Space Window from Outside to see the StationStart.com entry about this window as viewed from outside the cathedral while the stained glass is illuminated by bright sunlight.

The words at the bottom in green glass read: “Is not God in the height of Heaven?”

The fragment of moon rock is located in the center of the large red disk.

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral.

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the approximate location of the Space Window at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: The Space Window Stained Glass with Moon Rock is mentioned in Chapter 79.

Almas Shrine Temple

The Almas Shrine Temple Across from Franklin Square in Washington DC

The Almas Shrine Temple Across from Franklin Square in Washington DC

Almas Name and Symbol on 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC

Almas Name and Symbol on 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC

The Almas Shrine Temple is located just across from Franklin Square and right next to One Franklin Square. As One Franklin Square is one of the largest buildings in Washington DC, it dwarfs the Almas Shrine Temple.

The Almas Shrine Temple is located at 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Almas Shrine Temple.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to One Franklin Square.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes the Almas Shrine Temple as the headquarters of a mystical order known as the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The organization is also known as the Shriners. The Almas Shrine Temple is mentioned in Chapters 99, 101, 102 and 105.

One Franklin Square

One Franklin Square in Washington DC

One Franklin Square in Washington DC

At twelve floors, One Franklin Square is Washington DC’s tallest commercial building. The building is located just across K Street, NW from Franklin Square and takes up most of the block between13th and 14th Streets NW.

The office building known as One Franklin Square is located at 1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the One Franklin Square.

Closest Metro Station: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to One Franklin Square.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes One Franklin Square as “a towering and prestigious office building with two gold spires on top.” One Franklin Square is mentioned in Chapters 93 and 97.

Shadow House Gazebo and Bishop’s Garden

Shadow House - Secluded Gazebo Located in the Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

Shadow House - Secluded Gazebo Located in the Bishop's Garden at the National Cathedral in Washington DC

The Bishop’s Garden is located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral on the south side of the cathedral. The partially walled garden contains roses, herbs and perennials and a pleasant winding walkway.

Shadow House With the Washington National Cathedral in the Background

Shadow House With the Washington National Cathedral in the Background

At one edge of the Bishop’s Garden is the Shadow House, a stone gazebo with a slate roof. The wooden benches inside make it a comfortable, secluded place for a quite visit.

Click National Cathedral to see the StationStart.com entry about the Cathedral.

The Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Shadow House Gazebo at the Washington National Cathedral.

Closest Metro Station: Cleveland Park on the Red Line is the nearest Metro Station to the Washington National Cathedral, but it is about eight-tenths of a mile away. That’s the approximate straight line distance rather than the actual walking or driving distance.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Dan Brown describes the Shadow House as sitting “elegantly amid meandering pathways of stones dug from George Washington’s private quarry.” The Shadow House is mentioned in Chapters 63, 67 and 79.

FDR Wheelchair Sculpture – FDR Memorial

Sculpture of FDR Using a Wheelchair Similar to One He Actually Used - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Sculpture of FDR Using a Wheelchair Similar to One He Actually Used - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

After the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was dedicated in 1997, an additional sculpture of FDR was added near the entrance to the memorial of FDR sitting in a wheelchair similar to one he actually used. This additional statue was placed in the memorial in January 2001.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located next to the Tidal Basin which is surrounded by Washington DC’s blooming cherry trees. In the photograph above a cherry tree with its blossoms is visible in the upper left corner.

Click FDR Memorial to see the main StationStart.com entry about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial with links to additional entries about the memorial.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located on the southwest edge of the Tidal Basin accessible by foot from the path around the edge of the Tidal Basin with another entrance on West Basin Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the FDR Wheelchair Sculpture in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

The Presidential Seal – FDR Memorial

The Presidential Seal - Created by Sculptor Tom Hardy - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The Presidential Seal - Created by Sculptor Tom Hardy - Located in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

This sculpture named The Presidential Seal was created by sculptor Tom Hardy. This sculpture was created out of welded bronze.

The Presidential Seal is located in Room One of the FDR Memorial. The Seal appears in this sculpture as it did on March 4, 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as president for the first time.

Room One is designed to recall President Roosevelt’s first term. He entered office during the Great Depression and at a time when many people were suffering, afraid and had little in the way of hope for the future. But many people believed that the new president brought with him a sense of confidence and optimism and an ability to tap into the strength of the American people.

One inscription in Room One came from the president’s Fireside Chat on September 30, 1934:

No Country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance. Morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.

Another inscription came from a campaign address in 1932:

In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice, the path of faith, the path of hope and the path of love toward our fellow men.

Click FDR Memorial to see the main StationStart.com entry about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial with links to additional entries about the memorial.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is located on the southwest edge of the Tidal Basin accessible by foot from the path around the edge of the Tidal Basin with another entrance on West Basin Drive SW in Washington DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of The Presidential Seal in Room One of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Closest Metro Station: The Smithsonian Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is the nearest Metro Station to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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