is a major diagonal transverse road in Washington, D.C.
, and the Massachusetts Avenue Historic District
is a historic district
that includes part of it.
Appearing in Peter Charles L'Enfant
's original plan, Massachusetts Avenue is the longest thoroughfare in the capital
, crossing three of its four quadrants
.L'Enfant identified himself as "Peter Charles L'Enfant" during most of his life, while residing in the United States. He wrote this name on his (Washington, D.C.) and on other legal documents. However, during the early 1900s, a French ambassador to the U.S., Jean Jules Jusserand
, popularized the use of L'Enfant's birth name, "Pierre Charles L'Enfant". (Reference: Bowling, Kenneth R (2002). Peter Charles L'Enfant: vision, honor, and male friendship in the early American Republic.
George Washington University, Washington, D.C. ISBN 978-0-9727611-0-9). The United States Code states in : "(a) In General.—The purposes of this chapter shall be carried out in the District of Columbia as nearly as may be practicable in harmony with the plan of Peter Charles L'Enfant."
The National Park Service
identifies L'Enfant as
on its website. It intersects every major north–south street and passes numerous Washington landmarks. It is a landmark itself, long considered the northern boundary of the downtown
as well as home of Washington's Embassy Row
Massachusetts Avenue is tied with Pennsylvania......