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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Andrew Jackson Downing

 
 
Inscription on Downing Vase (Urn) Pedestal, 1856 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, 2008
1. Inscription on Downing Vase (Urn) Pedestal, 1856
Inscription. [Inscription on urn pedestal, 1856]:
This vase was erected by his friends in memory of

ANDREW JACKSON DOWNING

who died July 28, 1852, aged 37 years.

He was born, and lived, and died upon the Hudson River. His life was devoted to the improvement of the national taste in rural art, an office for which his genius and the natural beauty amidst which he lived had fully endowed him.
His success was as great as his genius, and for the death of few public men was public grief ever more sincere.
When these grounds were proposed, he was at once called to design them; but before they were completed he perished in the wreck of the steamer, Henry Clay.
His mind was singularly just, penetrating, and original. His manners were calm, reserved, and courteous. His personal memory belongs to the friends who loved him; his fame to the country which honors and laments him.

[Inscription on marker panel, placed in 1989]:
Andrew Jackson Downing Urn

Designed in memory of Andrew Jackson Downing by Calvert Vaux, Downing’s architectural partner, 1856 Carrera marble urn & American marble base and pedestal.

In 1850, Andrew Jackson Downing transformed the Mall into the nation’s first landscaped public park using informal, romantic
Andrew Jackson Downing Urn Marker (1989) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
2. Andrew Jackson Downing Urn Marker (1989)
arrangements of circular carriage drives and plantings of rare American trees. Downing’s design endured until 1934, when the mall was restored to Pierre L’Enfant’s 1791 plan. Downing (1815-1852), the father of American landscape architecture, also designed the White House and Capitol grounds.

The memorial urn stood on the Mall near the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History for 109 years (1856-1965). In 1972, it was restored and placed on the lawn east of the Smithsonian Building (“Castle”) flag tower. In 1987, it was relocated to the rose garden at the Castle’s east door. The urn was moved to its location in the Enid A. Haupt Garden in 1989.
 
Erected 1856 by His Friends and the Smithsonian Institution.
 
Location. 38° 53.301′ N, 77° 1.527′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Click for map. Marker is in northeast corner of the Enid A. Haupt Garden, behind the Smithsonian "Castle" Building. It is accessible via the Renwick Gate, off Independence Avenue, SW, between 9th and 11th Streets, SW. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Jefferson Ave, SW, Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spencer Fullerton Baird (a few steps from this marker); Enid A. Haupt Garden
Andrew Jackson Downing Urn image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
3. Andrew Jackson Downing Urn
(within shouting distance of this marker); Original Smithsonian Institution Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Arts and Industries Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Henry (about 300 feet away); Carousel on the Mall, Washington, D.C. (about 300 feet away); Earth Day Park (about 500 feet away); Federal Grain Inspection Service (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Andrew Jackson Downing. (Submitted on July 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Constantine Seferlis. ... master sculptor and stone carver whose works exemplified a group of public monumental artists in the United States during the second half of the 20th century. (Submitted on August 30, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
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Enid A. Haupt Garden, south side of Smithsonian Castle image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 2008
4. Enid A. Haupt Garden, south side of Smithsonian Castle
Downing Urn and marker are in trees, middle right of photo.
Andrew Jackson Downing Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 5, 2016
5. Andrew Jackson Downing Markers
The original urn inscription is hard to see with the surrounding plants.
Enid Anneberg Haupt (1906-2005) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 2008
6. Enid Anneberg Haupt (1906-2005)
Philantropist and publishing heiress, Enid A. Haupt donated millions of dollars to support public gardens and other green spaces in Washington, DC, New York, and around the world.
Haupt Garden, view toward Independence Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 2008
7. Haupt Garden, view toward Independence Avenue
Entrance to Smithsonian's Museum of African Art, left; the Renwick Gate, right; the James V. Forrestal Bldg. (U.S. Dept. of Energy), behind, across Independence, Ave.
Constantine Seferlis (1928-2005), Stone Carver image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 2008
8. Constantine Seferlis (1928-2005), Stone Carver
Restored the walls of the Smithsonian Castle and carved these carriage gates according to James Renwick's 1849 design.
Andrew Jackson Downing image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
9. Andrew Jackson Downing
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,349 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   9. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 13, 2016.
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