Webinar- Book Talk: Washington: Building a Capital City in the North Atlantic World

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    Wednesday, July 8 2020

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Based on his book, The North Atlantic Cities, author Charles Duff will discuss cities in the Netherlands, the British Isles, and along the Atlantic coast of the United States connected by row houses on the coasts of the North Atlantic Ocean. Among them, Washington, DC, is a North Atlantic city that most people compare to Paris, but it took Americans a long time until the 20th century to realize that they wanted their capital city to look like Paris in any way, and even then they restricted Parisian influence to the very center of town. Instead, they followed a path similar to other North Atlantic capitals such as The Hague, London, and Brussels, resulting in a beautiful city that resembles Paris in the center and London everywhere else.

The North Atlantic Cities is available for purchase online at

Presented by: Charles Duff

Author of The North Atlantic Cities, Charles Duff is a planner, teacher, developer, and historian who has restored approximately 300 historic urban buildings in a career spanning almost 40 years. Duff is a past President of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and a graduate of Amherst College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland