Spanish Steps (Washington, D.C.)

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Spanish Steps
Public stairs
View of Spanish Steps
DesignGeorge Oakley Totten Jr.
Opening date1906
Location22nd Street NW just south of S Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Spanish Steps (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps
Location of Spanish Steps in Washington DC
Coordinates: 38°54′49″N 77°02′56″W / 38.91372°N 77.04879°W / 38.91372; -77.04879

The Spanish Steps are an urban arrangement in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C., on 22nd Street NW just south of S Street NW. Inspired by the City Beautiful movement, the steps accommodate a steep difference of level between S Street and the parallel immediately to the south, Decatur Place NW.

Named with reference to the Spanish Steps in Rome, though obviously of no comparable scale and grandeur, they were designed by local architect George Oakley Totten Jr. for the Municipal Office of Public Works and Grounds, and built in 1905. A granite lion-head fountain is located at the top of the steps.[1][2]

Following a car collision that damaged the original balustrade and fountain, the steps were restored in 1999.[3]


  1. ^ Emily Hotaling Eig and Julie Mueller, Traceries (1989). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Sheridan-Kalorama Historic District".
  2. ^ "Steps and Flowers Instead of Steep Drive." The Washington Times, June 11, 1905. p. 9.
  3. ^ "Spanish Steps". The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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