Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Smithsonian's National Zoo
—125 Years —
Evolved from carriageway to walkway, our main visitor path named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the renowned landscape architect who designed the basic layout and flow of the Zoo. Olmsted's legacy is found in the green spaces, natural atmosphere and curves that create changing views with a focus on landscape, not architecture.
In the late 1880s, Frederick Law Olmsted was approached by the Smithsonian to provide "preliminary counsel" for designing the National Zoo. Olmsted is said to have replied promptly and enthusiastically, saying the area selected for the Zoo was one of great natural beauty which he had known for 30 years and had hoped would be turned into a park.
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Looking across Rock Creek toward what is now Lion/Tiger Hill.
This is believed to be the earliest image of what would become the Zoo.
F.L. Olmsted & Co. preliminary study, June 2, 1890
As late as the 1950s, the Zoo's main path was a road for cars.
Architect Frederick Law Olmsted (in the light suit) discusses the Zoo's layout with Smithsonian officials.
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Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° Touch for map. On the grounds of the Smithsonian National Zoological Garden. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saving Species Through Science (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bison and the National Zoo (about 300 feet away); And Then There Were (Almost) None (about 300 feet away); Conservation Geography (about 400 feet away); Meet Our Bison (about 400 feet away); Black and Gray Squirrels (about 500 feet away); Feeding Times at the Zoo (about 500 feet away); House Remodeling (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.