|Layout of Washington DC
Washington, D.C., is divided into four sections: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast. The U.S. Capitol, at the east end of the Mall, is the hub of Washington's streets. The Capitol is situated at the intersection of East Capitol Street, South Capitol Street, North Capitol Street, and the Mall. The three streets and the Mall split the city into these quadrants. The White House is the geographic center of Washington's original 10-mile square.
All numbered streets run north and south, and lettered streets run east and west. Streets with state names, such as Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, are diagonals.