Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, United States Institute of Peace, Watergate complex and the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay and Bosnia and Herzegovina.The University Yard is the main open space and historic heart of the university.The George Washington University (GW, GWU, or George Washington) is a private research university in Washington, D. Charted by an act of the United States Congress in 1821, GWU was founded on the basis of the wishes of George Washington, 1st President of the United States, for a national university within the nation's capital.
Freemasonry symbols are prominently displayed throughout the campus including the foundation stones of many of the university buildings.Residence halls exist on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses.The George Washington University library system contains the Gelman Library,) in historic Foggy Bottom and is located a few blocks from the White House, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, State Department and the National Mall.The majority of the present infrastructure and financial stability at GW is due to the tenures of GW Presidents Cloyd Heck Marvin, Lloyd Hartman Elliott and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg.In the 1930s, the university was a major center for theoretical physics.He presented numerous letters to Congress and included the subject in his last will and testament.Baptist missionary and leading minister Luther Rice raised funds to purchase a site in Washington, D. for a college to educate citizens from throughout the young nation.Walt Whitman was among many of the volunteers to work on the campus.Following the war, in 1873, Columbian College became the Columbian University and moved to an urban downtown location centered on 15th and H streets, NW. Neither the university nor the association were able to raise enough funds for the proposed building near the National Mall; however, the institution retained the name and the money that was raised went to the eventual construction of Lisner Auditorium.Similarly, GWU has played host to numerous notable faculty, including Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, diplomats (including three living former U. Assistant Secretaries of State), and numerous political figures (including former International Court of Justice judge Thomas Buergenthal, former Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Rosselló, & current Indonesian Deputy-Governor Sandiaga Uno). The university is famous for preparing leaders for careers in government, international affairs, and journalism.Former members of GWU's Board of Trustees have included U. The Princeton Review ranked GWU 1st for Top Colleges or Universities for Internship Opportunities.