An Imaginary Tour of Pennsylvania Avenue
Pennsylvania Avenue Albert Gallatin
You will have to turn right and walk a block to the north to get around the massive Department of the Treasury building. Behind the Treasury Building on Hamilton Place, at the point where Pennsylvania disappears at 15th, you will see a statue of Alexander Hamilton, a former Secretary of the Treasury. Despite his many accomplishments, he is probably best known today because he was killed in a duel on July 11, 1804, at Weehawken, New Jersey. Hamilton Place includes a statue to the military hero, William Tecumseh Sherman, who played a key role in helping the Union Army win the Civil War. You have to walk up the steps and get close to the statue of Sherman, because his name is so faded, you can hardly read it.
Pennsylvania Avenue from 15th to 17th Streets is being reconstructed, as shown here. In the foreground, a statue of Albert Gallatin, a former Secretary of the Treasury (1801 to 1814), sits in front of the Treasury Building. The top of White House is visible behind the line of trees. (Photo courtesy Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division)