An Act To establish the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, to provide for the preparation and carrying out of a development plan for certain areas between the White House and the Capitol, to further the purposes for which the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site was designated, and for other purposes

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  • The Congress finds that it is in the national interest that the area adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and White House, most of which was designated on September 30, 1965, as a national historic site under the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.), be developed, maintained, and used in a manner suitable to its ceremonial, physical, and historic relationship to the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government and to the governmental buildings, monuments, memorials, and parks in or adjacent to the area. Boundaries for the area to be developed, maintained, and used are set forth. There is created a body corporate known as the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation. The powers and management of the Corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors consisting of fifteen members. The President shall designate a Chairman and a Vice Chairman from the Board members.
  • The Chairman, upon his appointment, shall invite to serve on the Board of Directors as nonvoting members the following: the Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts; the Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission; the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; the Director of the National Gallery of Art; the Architect of the Capitol; the Archivist of the United States; the Chairman of the District of Columbia, Commission on the Arts; and the Chairman of the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency. Provisions are set forth concerning necessary and proper powers for the Corporation. The powers conferred by this Act are for public uses and purposes for which public powers may be employed, public funds may be expended, and the power of eminent domain and the police power may be exercised. A sum not to exceed $1,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated for the development of the plan to be prepared.


  • Historic Sites Act of 1935
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation Act of 1972 (40 U.S.C. 871)
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 86 Stat. 1266
  • Title 40, Public Buildings, Property, and Works
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation Act of 1972".

Contained within

86 Stat. 1266 (1972); Pub. L. No. 92-578 (Book)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1973
  • 10/27/1972


  • Eminent domain
  • Historic preservation
  • Finance
  • Secretaries
  • Expenditures, Public


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 10; Page Numbers: 1266-75

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