While governmental maneuverings may be the mechanism driving Washington D.C. forward, the less-political visitor will find here expansive parks, a plethora of cultural sights and as assortment of landmark structures.
Founded in 1821 as the Columbian College, George Washington University is a leading research institution specializing in social science and international politics. The school has seen some of the most famous political and social figures in nation's history pass through it's doors including J. Edgar Hoover, Collin Powell, Brian Williams and Edward Teller to name a few.
The school's campus is primarily situated in Washington D.C.'s Foggy Bottom district, with most of the school occupying city buildings rather than a traditional academic institutional layout. Some of the school's property is leased to various institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The school's hospital functions as a de facto location for prominent politicians to receive care due to its close proximity to many government facilities.
Along with the school's satellite campuses at Mount Vernon and Ashburn the George Washington University is a rich source of architectural and political history in the United States. Access to the main campus is open and can be reached by way of the Foggy Bottom Metro station, or a short walk from the White House.
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