Tramway Station, U.S. Capitol

Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel

"When night falls over Washington, D.C., memorials, public buildings, and broad avenues become ethereal shapes in soft light and shadow. Floodlights, piercing the darkness, etch familiar landmarks in silver against a velvet sky. Unsuspected definition of form and contour is revealed."—Volkmar Wentzel

National Geographic magazine, April, 1940