Friday, June 04, 2010

The Legacy of Daniel Burnham

On Wednesday, June 9th, DC residents will get their first glimpse of an upcoming PBS documentary on Daniel Burnham, one of the nation's most prolific architects who reimagined the National Mall and designed Union Station. The documentary will be publicly screened on the Mall Wednesday night at 8:30pm.

In advance of the screening, DCMud and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) will sponsor a live webchat with Film Producer Judith McBrien of the Archimedia Workshop, and Nancy Witherell, Historic Preservation Officer with the National Capital Planning Commission. The webchat will take place on Tuesday, June 8th at noon, with the public invited to ask questions of the panelists and participate in the discussion. The documentary, on the life and accomplishments of the famed architect was produced by the Archimedia Workshop.

Burnham's architecture firm can count hundreds of the finest late-19th and early-20th century masterpieces as achievements, including icons like New York City's Flatiron Buildings, inspiring the City Beautiful movement, and Burnham was an early promoter of classical city planning. PBS will begin airing the film this fall.


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