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Partridge Models

Partridge Model
Details of one of two large models of Washington's monumental core showing both existing and proposed buildings.
Collection of the National Building Museum.
Partridge Model
Details of one of two large models of Washington's monumental core showing both existing and proposed buildings.
Collection of the National Building Museum.


Gift of the American Architectural Foundation

Donated in 2009

Architect William T. Partridge (1866–1955) was hired by the National Capital Park and Planning Commission (NCPPC) in 1928 to advise on the ongoing implementation of the McMillan Plan. In the mid-1930s, he oversaw the creation of two large models of Washington's monumental core showing both existing and proposed buildings. One of these models traveled to several world's fairs around the United States in the late 1930s. The other served as a working model in the NCPPC offices, and was updated as new proposals emerged over the following decade or so. Documents indicate that portions of the two models were intermingled at some point, making clear identification of this model difficult.