Lafayette Square Historic District, Washington, D.C.

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Lafayette Square Historic District
Equestrian sculpture of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square
Location Washington, D.C.
Built 1851
Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant; Et al.
Architectural style Late Victorian, Federal
Governing body Department of the Treasury
NRHP Reference # 70000833
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 29, 1970[1]
Designated NHLD August 29, 1970[2]

Lafayette Square Historic District is a historic district in Washington, D.C.. It includes the 7-acre (28,000 m2) Lafayette Square park, and surrounding buildings.[3] It is part of President's Park.

NRHP 'travel itinerary' listing at the National Park Service

It includes the American Peace Society house, at 734 Jackson Place.

It is located "Roughly between 15th and 17th Sts. and H St. and State and Treasury Places, exclusive of the White House and its grounds" [1]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.[2][4]

Navy Yard Urns[edit]

Two urns reside on the south side of the district, between Jackson Place and Madison Place. They each stand at 5 feet tall by 4 feet wide, and are made of bronze with granite bases. The sides of the urns are decorated with classical female figures. The urns were part of the original park plan as designed by Andrew Jackson Dowling in 1852. They may have been designed by Dowling, or his assistant Calver Vaux. The urns were cast in a New York foundry at the orders of George M. Robeson, who was Secretary of the United States Navy at the time. The urns were originally placed on granite bases in the center of two small flower beds to the east and west sides of the Andrew Jackson statue. In 1879, they were fitted with metal pans which allowed them to be used as flower pots. The park was redesigned in 1936, and the urns were moved to their current location.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Lafayette Square Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Lafayette Square Historic District". Washington D.C. National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  4. ^ Note: A National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination document should be available upon request from the National Park Service for this site, but it appears not to be available on-line from the NPS Focus search site.
  5. ^ Save Outdoor Sculptures! (1994). "Navy Yard Urns (sculpture)". SOS!. Smithsonian. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 

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Coordinates: 38°53′58.9″N 77°2′11.5″W / 38.899694°N 77.036528°W / 38.899694; -77.036528