House Of Cards – Washington, District of Columbia
Opening credits rolling (sobering trumpet note of HoC theme music):
Skyline as viewed from the Arlington national cemetry. Thanks to the Congressional restriction on building heights, the Lincoln memorial, the Washington monument and the Capitol (L-R) are distinct
Fact: The final resting place of the late President, John F. Kennedy, the second president to be cremated on the grounds of Arlington.
Fiction: Edward Meechum (Underwood’s bodyguard) is the first secret service agent to be buried in Arlington.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500
Fiction: The Underwoods must be up late. Lights from the study and bedroom are suggestive.
The Washington monument: 555 ft tall marble Obelisk tower.
That’s all I see. *poker-face*
Lincoln Memorial: A Greek Doric temple housing the 16th President’s seated statue.
In September 1962, vandals painted the words “nigger lover” in foot-high pink letters on the rear wall.
The Smithsonian castle: Somewhere between late Romanesque and early Gothic.
Night at the museum.
The Hope Diamond. The infamous curse of this 250 million dollars worth stone seems to have plagued all it’s owners in the past. However, Smithsonian claims ever since it was gifted to it in 1958, by Harry Winston, the museum has prospered.
The peacock room: James McNeill Whistler’s masterpiece of interior decorative mural art. He painted the panelled room in a rich and unified palette of brilliant blue-greens with over-glazing and metallic gold leaf. Painted between 1876–77, it now is considered one of the greatest surviving aesthetic interiors, and best examples of the Anglo-Japanese style.
National Harbour, Maryland: Sunset by the Potomac.
The reading room of the Library of Congress: The largest repository of knowledge and creativity, with 162 million plus catalogued items (books/prints/photo/sound recordings/maps) and manuscripts in more than 470 languages
Inside the Capitol: Replica of the statue of freedom which tops the dome of the Capitol.
The World War || memorial whose aesthetics was criticized as a “hodgepodge of cliche and Soviet style pomposity”.
The mauve neon-lit W of the Washington hotel.
Fiction: Covert meeting place of Jackie and Remy Danton.