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The Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site is one of America?s famous streets. The avenue was popularly known for its past marches, parades, promenades, and protests. According to historical records, Thomas Jefferson held his second inaugural in the main avenue on March 4, 1805. Since then, the street was used for 200 years as a venue for quadrennial inaugural parades.

The Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site was established to revive the stretch of the avenue. Presently, the place is used for people to walk, shop, dine and learn more about the avenue?s history.

One of the biggest highlights of the avenue is the Commerce Building located on 14th Street. It is also within the avenue where tourists will find the National Aquarium, which house several freshwater and saltwater fishes and a dozen aquatic species.

Also within the avenue is an erected statue of Genera John J. Pershing, commander of U.S. forces in Wol War I, which can be found in Pershing Park. Across the park is the Willard Hotel, one of the hotels within the vicinity. The Post Office is located at 12th Street. This building is now home to a few dozen shops and vendors, food gallery, a performing arts stage, a miniature golf course, and observation tower.

Along the Old Post Office are several buildings where a few government agencies presently reside. Thee include the Capitol building, the office of the Federal Bureau Investigation, the National Archives, and the office of the Internal Revenue Office.

One interesting fact is that the Avenue was included in Pierre-Charles L?Enfat?s 1791 plan for the city of Washington DC. In 1965, the avenue became a national historic site and was later added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 196.

The Pennsylvania Avenue Historical Site includes a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue and its adjacent location between the Capitol and the White House.
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