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Located between the Botanic Garden and the U.S. Capitol, the Capitol Reflecting Pool was originally envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant (1754-1825), the architect and engineer who designed the plan of the city of Washington DC in 1791.
L'Enfant had planned to redirect the waters of the Tiber Creek into a canal falling into a cascade and pool at the foot of Capitol Hill. This would have been one of the most important water effects with which L'Enfant intended to beatify the city of Washington DC. Although the city plan was simplified in February 1972 by Major Andrew Ellicott, it retained some of the original characteristics.
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