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A Flexible Framework

A flexible framework deployed over the next century bridges preservation and invention. Preservation operates through a series of adaptations organized and calibrated according to the best available predictions about sea level rise and environmental change. Invention arises within a framework where opportunities are identified to layer in new experiences. It is our hope to inspire diverse voices in future generations to represent evolving national ideals in the years to come.

  • 14ft
  • 12ft
  • 10ft
  • 8ft
  • 6ft
  • 4ft
  • 2ft
  • 0ft
  • Inlet Bridge, 1908
  • Outlet Bridge, 1889
  • George Mason Memorial, 2002
  • FDR Memorial, 1997
  • Floral Library, 1969
    Japanese Lantern, 1951
  • MLK Memorial, 2011
    Japanese Pagoda, 1958
    Jefferson Memorial, 1940
  • Cherry Trees, 1912
    Perambulation, 1897
◂ 10% Chance Flood
◂ Average Annual Flood
◂ Projected Sea Level Rise 
(high tide)
2120 *Projection based on NOAA Intermediate Scenario