The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Andrew Jackson Downing
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
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. Touch 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); Before the National Air and Space Museum opened... Yinka Shonibare MBE (within shouting distance of this marker); The pillars of the Renwick Gates... (within shouting distance of this marker); Voyage (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parterre (within shouting distance of this marker); Pluto (within shouting distance of this marker); Enid A. Haupt Garden (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map 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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