The Building Heights Myth
By Patty Sheetz
My curiosity was whetted by your Oct. 23 article “Gatekeeper of D.C’s entry” covering a Dupont Circle resident’s editing of the Wikipedia page on the District. The article debunked the myth that no D.C. building can be higher than the Capitol but did not provide the reason why the city’s skyline is so wonderfully low, creating a more human-scale urban environment than in other large cities.
The answer, per Wikipedia (and other sources): Congress passed a law in 1899 limiting building height in the city to no more than the height of the Capitol. That act was amended in 1910 to restrict building height to the width of the right-of-way of the street or avenue that the building fronts, plus 20 feet.
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