National Geographic : 1967 Apr
brought back Greenleaf's end. With France's invasion of the Dutch Republic, the prospect of the loan vanished forever. Members of the overextended syndicate, bickering among themselves, were ruined. By 1798 all three were in debtor's prison in Philadelphia, where Nicholson died. Bankruptcy proceedings freed Morris to a life of destitution after three and a half years. Greenleaf, released in less than a year, returned to Washington to while away his days amid "the worthless paper." Some distinguished tenants live in the 528 handsome H-shaped block of towers behind Like an ocean liner, the German Embassy's new Chancery west of George town has outside decks on every floor and six levels that step down on either side. Architect Egon Eiermann used German windows and floors and Oregon pine that gives the interior a warm orange glow. Lebanon, Ku wait, the Netherlands, Swit zerland, Denmark, Iran, and Yugoslavia have also given international flavor to Wash ington's building boom. Wheat Row, among them Vice President and Mrs. Hubert H. Humphrey, who moved there last fall. Mr. Dent and I climbed to the rooftop and stepped out into the sky. We could trace the sil ver river downstream as far as the new Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge at Alexandria, Virginia. Directly before us, a jet thundered aloft from National Airport. To our right, monumental Wash ington lay like a living postcard. One of the most prominent features of the landscape was the mam moth foundation for the Defense Department's James Forrestal Building, already known as the Lit tle Pentagon. "That is where the new Tenth Street Mall is go BYJAMESP. BLAIR© N.G.S . ing to be," Mr. Dent said. He pointed in the direc tion of a herd of cranes, trucks, and cement mixers browsing on a 30-acre field of concrete and steel girders. The street will be widened to 150 feet and will enter the Southwest under the Forrestal Building, then come toward the water down a mall about half a mile long to a large over look (page 530). Buses will take visitors from there across the channel on an 874-foot bridge holding more than 100 shops and res taurants, and then on to the new $10,000,000 aquarium. "All of it should be completed," said Mr.