Building stones of our Nation's Capital

General Information Product



The buildings of our Nation's Capital serve as an unusual geologic display, for the city has been constructed with rocks from quarries throughout the United States and many distant lands. Each building is a unique museum that not only displays the important features of various stones and the geologic environment in which they were formed, but also serves as an historic witness to the city's growth and to the development of its architecture. This booklet describes the source and appearance of the stones used in Washington, D.C.; it includes a map and a walking guide to assist the visitor in examining them.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title Building stones of our Nation's Capital
Series title General Information Product
DOI 10.3133/70039206
Year Published 1975
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 44 p.
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