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Waterside Mall

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1968–1972, Chloethiel Woodard Smith. 400 M St. SW
  • Waterside Mall (Franz Jantzen)

Conceived as the neighborhood commercial center for the Southwest Washington Redevelopment Area, the mall consists primarily of a U-shaped shopping center. A small indoor mall is located to the north, and beyond that, an open plaza. Flanking office towers, joined by a single-story bridge, house employees of the Environmental Protection Agency. In color and material, this complex echoes the 10th Street Mall / L'Enfant Plaza. Pink concrete panels envelop the complex and towers, while beige brick is used in the shopping center. Reflective glass in the office towers creates a forbidding appearance.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee



  • 1968


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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Waterside Mall", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 243-244.

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