Washington National Mall book cover

The Washington National Mall

by Peter R. Penczer

The Washington National Mall, a 128-page color book, is the first general history of the National Mall. It was published in 2007 and is widely available in Washington, D.C.-area bookstores and online.

The Washington National Mall explains the history and significance of each monument and museum. Familiar spots, such as the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian Museums, are all here, as are forgotten landmarks, such as the Fish Commission and the Redwood Tree House.

Detailed historical information is presented in an easy-to-read and browsable format. There are more than 100 archival photographs, many never before published, as well as recent photographs of the monuments and museums.

News About the Book

Jennifer Beeson, "Unfamiliar Grounds," The Washington Post Magazine, Sept. 17, 2000, 17-19

"More Gift Books," Washington Post Book World, Dec. 16, 2007, 14

"Peter R. Penczer is a leading expert on the history of the National Mall in Washington, D.C."--White House History, No. 38, Summer 2015


128 pages, 194 illustrations, 3 maps
Four-color throughout
Arlington, Va.: Oneonta Press, 2007

Trade paper: 10 x 8 inches
ISBN: 0-9629841-2-4
Price: $9.95

Hardcover: 11.25 x 9 inches
ISBN: 0-9629841-3-2
Price: $19.95


The Washington National Mall is available at Barnes and Noble stores in the Washington area, and at the Washington Monument bookshop, and the Lincoln, Jefferson, and FDR memorials.

For bulk purchases of signed copies, contact the author directly.

The Washington National Mall is distributed by Washington Book Distributors, Alexandria, Va.

Copyright © Peter R. Penczer 2016