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Did you know some Cities have building height restrictions?

The best known one is in Washington DC where there is a municipal code that no building in the actual District may rise higher in elevation than the Capitol building. In 1899 by an act of Congress passed the "Height of Buildings Act".

The Washington monument is much taller, however it is a monument and there are some slightly different rules that apply. It also sits at a lower elevation down the hill and closer to the Potomac flood plain than the Capitol, which sits atop the high point in the District.

It is very noticeable when you have left the actual District where the border is not the Potomac River. As soon as you cross the street from the District to either Crystal City, Virginia or Bethesda, Maryland, the buildings are built much taller and you are aware of the skyscraper office buildings and apartment housing.
Another famous City landscape protected by height restrictions are "the spires" of Frederick Maryland. Fredrick was founded in 1745 and has a Historic Preservation Commission which over sees maintaining a balance between development and historic interests. Many local establishments make use of the famous spires landscape to identify their Historic Fredericktowne location.

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Buzz Mackintosh I was not aware of the height restrictions for Washington, D.C. It all makes sense though. Happy Holidays to you and Yours!

Dec 19, 2015 01:15 AM #1
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Very interesting Buzz Mackintosh , like Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI I was unaware of Washington DC having such restrictions. This has to make land even more valuable.

Dec 31, 2015 10:11 PM #2
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      When the new 22-story Florida Capitol went up in the 1970's, nothing in the immediate area (the Capitol District) could be taller. 

Feb 15, 2016 09:42 AM #3
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