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Building Museum's Unbuilt Washington opens Friday

Thursday - 11/17/2011, 1:55pm  ET

The National Building Museum will give the public a peek at what Washington might have looked like with a new exhibit called Unbuilt Washington. (See a preview of the exhibit from the Washington Business Journal.)

The show will include original drawings by influential early architects, including Thomas Jefferson, as well as digital renderings from contemporary architects. All are examples of ambitious buildings, parks, bridges or other projects that, for one reason or another, were never built.

Check out a slideshow of some of the projects featured in Unbuilt Washington.

“The physical character of Washington, D.C., that we take for granted today is the unique result of countless decisions, debates, successes, failures, reconsiderations, missed opportunities, and lucky breaks,” the museum said in announcing the exhibition. “To tourists and residents alike, the city’s greatest landmarks may seem so appropriate—so correct—it is hard to imagine that they could have turned out completely differently.”

Unbuilt Washington runs from Friday to May 28, 2012, at the National Building Museum at 401 F St. NW.