Glen Echo in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Glen Echo From Past to Present
Now, as a National Park Service cultural and historic site, Glen Echo Park visitors may dance in the historic Spanish Ballroom, ride the 1921 Dentzel carousel, visit an art show in the Chautauqua Tower, take a class in the park's education program, or participate in festivals on summer weekends.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 38° 57.991′ N, 77° 8.328′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from MacArthur Boulevard near Oxford Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glen Echo Park (here, next to this marker); The Glen Echo Park Yurts (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Glen Echo Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 1921 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 1921 Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roller Coasters of Glen Echo Amusement Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Changing Face of Glen Echo (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo Park’s Crystal Pool (within shouting distance of this marker); Trolley Parks In America (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo’s Art Deco Arcade (within shouting distance of this marker); c. 1931 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
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1. Fun In the Dark at Glen Echo Park. Plenty of photographs of the park in its heyday. (Submitted on May 28, 2006.)
2. Real Photo Postcards. Almost from the first, Glen Echo used postcards to promote the park. (Submitted on June 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
1. The Dentzel Carousel — For Future Generations
(Text of the interpretive panel found inside the carousel building.)
This carousel is now a historic structure; in fact, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Step 1 in the restoration process is to determine the original colors: 1½ inch square sections are selected from every design element on the animal. Using a hair dryer and a scalpel, each paint layer is painstakingly removed until the original paint is exposed.
Step 2 is to match original paint colors to a color chart, then photograph each section of the carousel animal.
Next all paint layers are removed—except for the last 2-3 layers. Why? The second and third layers are left on the carousel animal to protect the original paint. During restoration, the amount of paint layers found varies. A single animal may have 4 to 12 paint layers. Frequently, the layers of paint indicate which sections of the carousel animal required the most upkeep during the amusement park years.
The animal's surface is then sealed, sanded and filled until it is relatively smooth.
The carousel animal is now repainted in its original colors and covered with a protective finish.
— Submitted May 28, 2006.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 4,032 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 28, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 9, 10. submitted on May 28, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 11, 12. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.