Today’s HiddenDC is brought to you courtesy of the ginkgo tree. Similar plants date back 270 million years, making this a living fossil. The ginkgo tree was used for medicinal remedies starting 4,000 years ago in China. Or, in terms more relatable to you, the half moon shaped leaves of the tree burst into a bright yellow every year, populating many areas of DC with fiery colored foliage. According to some, it smells bad. On the other hand, at least it looks good.

This decorative motif hangs outside at the entrance to the downtown offices of the American Legion. If you want to wedge some meaning into it, you could look to the characteristics of the plant- long living, adaptable, resistant. Or, you can just take this hidden gem for what it is, a cool awning.