Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Visionary and Park Champion
Meridian Hill Park, National Historic Landmark
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Henderson's efforts in urban development weren't limited to promoting Meridian Hill Park. She engaged the services of some of the country's foremost architects for her grand schemes, including an enormous new presidential mansion and two Lincoln memorials, none of which were ever built.
Henderson had nearly a dozen elaborate residences built on 15th and 16th Streets for use as embassies and other diplomatic missions. She then planned to line 16th Street with the busts of former presidents and change the name of the street to "Avenue of the Presidents." Although she succeeded in getting the street renamed for a short time, her grand vision for 16th Street was never realized.
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Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas • Women.
Location. 38° 55.332′ N, 77° 2.128′ W. Marker is in Columbia Heights in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from 15th Street Northwest north of Chapin Street Northwest, on the left when traveling north. This marker is one of four on the eastern side of Meridian Hill Park along the park paths paralleling 15th Street just south of the comfort stations. It is across the street from 2407 15th St NW Washington, DC 20009. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Creating the "City Beautiful" (here, next to this marker); Design Challenges (here, next to this marker); Park Designers (here, next to this marker); Mansions, Parks, and People (within shouting distance of this marker); An American Meridian (within shouting distance of this marker); College Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (about 300 feet away); Art for the People (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia Heights.
Also see . . . Meridan Hill Park. This URL appears on the marker. (Submitted on March 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 26, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 26, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.