Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Art for the People
Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Congress ordered sculptures installed at Meridian Hill Park long before the park's completion. So many sculptures were authorized that Horace Peaslee, the park's architect, called for a moratorium on installations. He told the Commission of the Fine Arts that the park's master plan was in jeopardy unless future memorials were restricted to decorative urns designed for that purpose.
Nature, vandals, and thieves have long threatened the park's public art. For years, Joan of Arc did not wield her sword. Serenity lost her nose, a toe, and a hand. The Armillary Sphere, which was once located south of the reflecting pool beyond cascades, was removed after it was vandalized.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. 38° 55.292′ N, 77° 2.173′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights in Washington, District Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2420 16th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Envoy (within shouting distance of this marker); An American Meridian (within shouting distance of this marker); Park Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); College Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Visionary and Park Champion (about 300 feet away); Creating the "City Beautiful" (about 300 feet away); Design Challenges (about 300 feet away); Park Designers (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Also see . . . Meidian Hill Park - National Park Service. (Submitted on March 8, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on March 7, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.