Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington’s Headquarters Museum
Morristown National Historical Park
Completed in 1937, the Washington’s Headquarters Museum was one of the first museums planned and constructed by the National Park Service. Noted architect John Russell Pope designed the museum to memorialize General George Washington and to provide the park with an appropriate facility for exhibitions, meetings, lectures, and collections storage. Pope used George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, as his inspiration for the design.
A Depression-era project, the building was constructed under the authority of the Public Works Administration at a total cost of $139,000. Construction of the museum began in December 1935 and the building was dedicated on Washington’s Birthday, February 22, 1937.
The museum has been expanded twice since its opening to accommodate its research library and today it features interactive exhibits and galleries displaying furniture, weapons, documents and a wide variety of objects from the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. The building also includes an auditorium, museum store, research library, curatorial storage and administrative offices.
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John Russell Pope
Considered one of America’s premier architects in the early 20th century, Pope designed both fine private homes and public buildings. An 1894 graduate of Columbia University, Pope also studied architecture at the American School of Architecture in Rome and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Some of Pope’s most noted works include the Jefferson Memorial, the National Archives Building and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, all in Washington DC. Locally, Pope designed the Lord Memorial Fountain in Somerville, and the mansion in Far Hills, New Jersey, that houses the United States Golf Association Museum.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 40° 47.823′ N, 74° 27.995′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Washington Place, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ford Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); The Path to History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Continental Army Encampments at Morristown (about 500 feet away); Washington’s HeadquartersWashington (about 500 feet away); George Washington School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Powder Mill (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Site (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a photograph taken in August 1936 of the South and east elevations of Washington’s Headquarters Museum under construction.
The upper right of the marker features a January 1937 photo of the Auditorium, looking north towards the stage.
A photo of John Russell Pope(ca. 1935) appears in the sidebar.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 9, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.